The Patrol Division is the largest of the three divisions that make up the Greenbelt City Police Department (the other two being the Special Operations Division and the Support Services Division). The Patrol Division, when fully staffed, numbers 41 officers and civilians out of a total Department compliment approaching 75. It is led by a Patrol Division Commander who holds the rank of either Lieutenant or Captain.
The Patrol Division comprises four 6 officer Patrol Squads totaling 24 officers, each led by a Sergeant and Corporal. A 4 officer Bike Unit, a Traffic Officer, a BWP Plaza Sub Station Officer, an Empirian Village Officer, and a Communications Unit made up of a Supervisor and 8 Communications Specialists also are located within the Patrol Division. Effective July 1st, 2005, the 4 Patrol Squad sergeants will report directly to the Division Commander while the remaining Units within the Patrol Division will report to a newly created Operations Sergeant.
The Communications Unit, comprised of dedicated civilian employees, is led by Unit Supervisor Alicia Covile. Alicia is a former New York City PD and Prince George’s County PD emergency dispatcher who joined the Greenbelt City Police Department in 2004. The eight full time Communications Unit Communications Specialists hold the rank of either C/S I or C/S II, depending on performance and seniority. A small cadre of part time dispatchers also assists in augmenting Unit staffing when necessary.
The Bicycle Patrol Unit is an instrumental part of the Community Oriented Policing philosophy. The bikes bring the officers closer to the community. Bicycles are especially effective with Greenbelt’s unique community design. There are many foot paths throughout the neighborhoods. The unit is comprised of four full time officer and a handful of other officers who are assigned to patrol squads
Writing tickets isn’t the only thing you will find the traffic unit doing. The one full time member of the traffic unit is primarily responsible for the enforcement of traffic laws and investigation of crashes. Additional responsibilities include making presentation before citizens groups, performing child safety seat inspections and assisting with installation of safety seats. Another duty performed is the teaching of traffic law, traffic stops and DWI enforcement classes to the Citizens’Academy. Also responsible for assisting City Code Enforcement and State Highway Administration with the initiation of traffic safety measures.
Two part time specialty units are located within the Patrol Division command - the Crash Accident Reconstruction Unit and the Honor Guard Unit. Both Units are comprised of volunteer officers from other Units and Divisions within the Police Department who are called out and used on an as needed basis. While part time, both of these Units require the member officers to undergo often intense specialized training to serve in their respective areas of expertise and retraining to maintain these skills.
The Honor Guard Unit is supervised by MPO John Michael Dewey. Eight officers serve with distinction in this Unit. Member officers come to the Unit both with and without prior military experience. All are required to partake in often exhaustive training and their performance must always be of the highest quality and standards. The Greenbelt City Police Honor Guard Unit has served with great pride and reverence, taking part in parades, funerals and special ceremonies across the region. The Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, the American Legion Officer and Firefighter of the Year Awards Banquet, the Memorial Day Service in Roosevelt Center, Beltway Plaza Holiday Parade and the annual Peace Officer’s Memorial Service in Washington D.C. are just some of the yearly events the Honor Guard participates in. The Greenbelt City Police Department Honor Guard Unit truly exemplifies the finest of the fine.
The Crash Accident Reconstruction Unit (CARU) is supervised by the Department’s current Traffic Officer, MPO Scott Kaiser. The Unit is comprised of 6 officers when fully staffed and is called out to all motor vehicle crashes where death or serious injury with the possibility of a fatality occurs. These officers must possess and maintain a high level of technical ability along with superior investigative skills. The Unit has been recognized several times by the County’s States Attorney’s office for its outstanding work in the investigation and management of fatal traffic incidents.