Brookhaven Police Department - Divisions
Uniform Patrol Division
The Uniform Patrol Division is the backbone of the Brookhaven Police Department and the most visible component within the community. Patrol officers are the first responders to 911 calls and enforce municipal ordinances and state laws. They also lead the department’s community policing efforts and work diligently to form partnerships with Brookhaven’s residents and businesses.
Uniform Patrol officers work 12-hour shifts beginning at 6:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m., and are divided into four shifts. Each shift is commanded by a senior sergeant and comprised of approximately nine patrol officers and two sergeants. The city is geographically divided into six zones, based on neighborhoods, natural boundaries and demands for services.
Each shift has a unique set of challenges and officers utilize a variety of patrol techniques to address particular issues. This includes both uniformed and plain clothes operations. Bicycle patrols are also deployed throughout the city to allow better interaction with residents, as well as crime prevention in multi-family housing communities, parks and retail centers.
The Uniform Patrol Division is commanded by Major Brandon Gurley.
Support Services Division
The Support Services Division oversee community policing, neighborhood watch, traffic enforcement, accident investigations and crime suppression efforts. The Support Services Division also focuses on highly visible enforcement of traffic laws, including speed limits in school zones, problem areas in neighborhoods and rush hour traffic. Members of the Support Services Division are also highly-trained in the technical aspects of accident investigation and reconstruction.
The division’s crime suppression component provides targeted response to emerging crime problems in the city. Based upon crime analysis, the unit is deployed in both overt uniformed and undercover operations to combat crime trends, such as property crimes, drug activity and robbery prevention details. The unit’s flexibility and broad experience base allows it to be an effective crime deterrent.
The division’s officers work in conjunction with the Uniform Patrol Division to promote community and problem-oriented policing objectives by partnering with neighborhood groups and businesses.
The Support Services Division also oversees the department’s public service representatives (PSRs), who are often the first point of contact for residents contacting the police department with questions and concerns. The PSRs answer the phones 24 hours a day and handle the agency’s access to the Georgia and National Crime Information Centers. PSRs duties include answering phone calls, offering administrative assistance to the agency, accepting cash bonds processing fine payments, maintaining the agencies computer records management system, and providing assistance to the public.
The Division is commanded by Major Linda Burke.
Criminal Investigations Division
The Criminal Investigations Division (CID) provides all investigatory and crime scene processing for the police department. Investigators assigned to this division are highly proficient in the application of crime scene and forensic service practices, interview and interrogation techniques, and the use of a variety of resources of conduct thorough investigations. The division is comprised of a major, lieutenant, corporal and six investigators.
Investigators perform proactive law enforcement activities and conduct investigations into a variety of crimes, including violent crimes, property crimes, financial crimes, crimes against children and narcotic. They respond directly to serious crime scenes and assist victims of crime.
CID also oversees the Office of Professional Standards, which handles all internal affairs and employment background investigative functions.
CID also includes the Crime Scene Investigations’ unit (CSI), which has two full-time crime scene specialists. These employees are highly trained in the forensic examination and collection of evidence. From drug identification and testing, to fingerprint identification and photography, these investigators have the tools and abilities to collect evidence critical to criminal investigations and prosecutions. Some of their specialty skills include:
- Fingerprint collection and identification
- Chemical processing
- Blood evidence collection
- Tool mark evidence
- Drug testing and identification
- Footwear comparison
- DNA sampling
The division is commanded by Major Donald Chase.