Patrol Division

Officers assigned to the Patrol Division are the City of Elizabeth's first responders, operating marked police vehicles and answering calls for service. The Patrol Division staff is charged with enforcing state laws, regulations, and local ordinances. Patrol Officers supplement the Community Police Bureau and can be assigned elsewhere as needed to provide support services to ancillary city agencies such as the Fire Department, Municipal Court, and Public Works Department.

The Patrol force consists of a generalist staff which is responsible for:

  • Documenting incidents
  • Ensuring the safety of the public
  • Initiating investigations
  • Providing services which contribute to the good and welfare of society


The Patrol Division is divided into A and B platoons, which operate 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, on a 4-day rotation. Both platoons are comprised of 4 shifts. The number of officers assigned to these shifts varies throughout the year depending upon transfers, promotions, retirements, etc. Typically, the day, power and midnights shifts staff approximately 20 to 24 officers while the brunch shift staffs 4 to 6 officers - each shift works 11 hours per tour.

Shifts overlap in an effort to maximize coverage during primetime calls-for-service:

  • Days: 6:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
  • Brunch:10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Power: 4:45 p.m to 3:45 a.m.
  • Midnight: 8:15 p.m. to 7:15 a.m.