The Patrol Division is the largest division within SPD. Its primary responsibility is to provide uniformed law enforcement service to the community. Each shift consists of two to three patrol officers and usually a patrol sergeant. Uniformed police officers are generally the first contact a citizen has with a law enforcement agency. These initial contacts will frequently leave the citizen with a lasting impression of the department and it is our intention to make that impression a positive one.
Our patrol officers wear many different “hats”. They are called upon for routine calls for service like alarms, assaults, thefts, etc… However, since Sealy is a relatively small department, at times, they are also required to conduct in-depth investigations and crime scene management. Our patrol officers are trained in the collection of latent fingerprints, photography, blood specimens, and the collection of other physical evidence. Several of our patrol officers are Field Training Officers (FTO). Each one is charged with the additional responsibility of training new officers who have already graduated from the academy. Each patrol shift is divided into two beats (districts). The districts are divided into east and west, using HWY 36 as the dividing line. This helps each officer be more familiar with the people and problems within his/her district.
Each patrol sergeant is responsible for direct field supervision of the officers. The Sergeant's primary mission is to oversee the daily activities of the officers under their direction and to be a resource for training and coordinator of field activities.