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, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
The current Commander is Captain Jody Herman. He is responsible for 29 full-time officers and K-9 Team whose duties include the following:
- Enforce state/city laws & regulations
- Patrol assigned areas
- Assist motorists, visitors & citizens
- Safeguard property
- Direct traffic & investigate accidents
- Investigate crimes & complaints
- Report findings & enlist further aid to apprehend violators of the law
- Appear in court as witnesses
- Assist other law enforcement agencies
- Participate in community events
The Patrol Division is involved in a number of programs available to citizens to include: Citizens Canine Academy, Citizens Police Academy, Explorers Post, and National Night Out.
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.