The Patrol Division is responsible for daily patrols in Lenoir and responds to all dispatched calls for police service in the city 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Comprised of nearly 40 officers, the Patrol Division provides:
- Bike Patrol
- Community and Downtown patrol
- Explorers Post
- K-9 Handlers
- Parking Enforcement
- School Resource Officers
- Special Response Team
- Traffic Patrol
The Patrol Division also coordinates many programs available to citizens including Citizens Police Academy, Citizens Canine Academy, and National Night Out.
School Resource Officers & D.A.R.E.
Lenoir's School Resource Officers work in local schools to help provide safe learning environments and foster positive relationships with students, staff, and parents. Our School Resource Officers counsel and mentor students and teach D.A.R.E.
The K9 Unit is currently made up of three officers and their canine partners. They work together in monthly training exercises, demonstrations, and other special events. Each dog and handler is trained in one or more areas of specialty, including search and rescue, narcotics search and seizure, and tracking. For several years now, the K9 Unit has hosted a "hands-on" Citizens Canine Academy to instruct citizens on basic obedience exercises and problem areas concerning pets.
Special Response Team (SRT)
The Lenoir Police Department's Special Response Team (SRT) was formed in 1979 to enable the department to better respond to critical incidents that occur in the City. SRT has responded to barricaded suspects, hostage situations, and armed persons not responding to police officer's commands. SRT also serves high risk search and arrest warrants, locates lost persons, provides crowd control, and assists other agencies during critical incidents.
In addition to participating and excelling in the yearly training, SRT members must maintain a high level of fitness. Variances of physical training are included in each training session; however, each SRT member must pass a rigorous physical fitness qualification test once a year. The test consists of a wide variety of job specific tasks which must be completed within a predetermined time.