The Patrol Division is the largest unit of the department. Officers assigned to this unit provide a range of services including responding to 911 emergency calls, traffic enforcement, and central business district foot and bicycle patrols. In Fiscal Year 2017, patrol officers in Chapel Hill responded to over 25,000 calls for service.
911 – Call 911 to report any emergency. Also to see an officer, for any other reason, call 911. An officer will be dispatched to your location.
Central Business District Foot Patrols – officers on foot provide patrols for the central business district. These officers work with merchants and provide police services for visitors, shoppers, and people working downtown.
Bicycle Patrol – officers work in areas of Chapel Hill that can more effectively be patrolled on a bicycle than in a patrol vehicle specifically, the central business district, neighborhoods surrounding downtown and greenways.
Canine Unit – The Canine Unit consists of 4 officer/dog teams. The dogs are trained to search buildings, locate lost persons, apprehend suspects, and find narcotics.
Traffic Enforcement and Education – officers patrol in marked and unmarked vehicles. They specialize in traffic enforcement including Driving While Impaired violations, speeding in residential neighborhoods and school zones, and other hazardous violations. The educational component of the program includes child safety seat installation, bike safety programs, new driver education, and community outreach.
Sexual Assault Response Team and Domestic Violence Response Team – officers respond to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Team members receive specialized training in victim response, legal issues, and investigation of the crimes. The team members work closely with investigators, crisis counselors, and the Courts.
Alcohol Enforcement – officers work with local business that sell and serve alcohol to ensure that State and local alcohol laws are followed. They also focus on underage drinking violations.