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The Patrol Unit is a 24 hour operation staffed by 78 commissioned officers, patrolling 432 miles of streets within the city. We depend upon the cooperation and assistance of the public to fulfill our mission. Please feel free to contact any of the supervisors listed to express your opinions or share information on how we can continue to provide the highest level of service possible. The division consists of the K-9 Unit, Field Training Program, School Resource Officers, Traffic Unit, Special Event Coordination, Warrants Unit, Court Services Officer, Public Information Officer, Special Response Team and LGBTQ Liason. 

Shift Supervisors


Captain John Olszowka

1st Shift Sergeants
Sgt. Wayne Byrom
Sgt. Brett Kelley
Sgt. Steve McClintick


Captain Jeff Wilson

2nd Shift Sergeants
Sgt. Kevin Cummings
Sgt. Keith Dudley
Sgt. Greg Gilpin
Sgt. James Langston


Captain Richard Eaton

3rd Shift Sergeants
Sgt. Quentin Abbott
Sgt. Travis Clausen
Sgt. Brad Kerns
Sgt. Chris McBane
Sgt. Jayson Person

K-9 Unit
The K9 unit was re-established in 1995 after its long absence since the early 1980's. K9 dogs are trained in the areas of narcotics detection and patrol work. The dogs are trained to pick up scents of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin. The areas the dogs are trained in for patrol work are tracking subjects, building/area searches, apprehension and officer protection. The unit also performs many demonstrations for schools, businesses, and organizations. While on duty the K9's ride and patrol with their handlers; at the end of their shift, the K9's go home with their handlers. The K9 teams are on call at any hour of the day or night to assist the St. Joseph Police Department and other agencies.Often, major searches are conducted with negative results due to suspects hiding in areas where officers cannot see them. This is not only dangerous for officers but can use up valuable patrol time during the search. Our K9's, use their acute sense of smell to locate suspects faster in any type of hiding spot. This ability provides officers with advanced warning, making it safer and more effective for officers to apprehend a dangerous suspect.

Special Response Team
The Special Response Team's (SRT) primary mission is to respond to incidents above the realm of normal patrol operations, such as armed barricaded persons or hostage situations that require the special skills, equipment and training of the team. SRT executes selected search warrants on behalf of the Detective Division, and Buchanan County Drug Strike Force, when it is determined that a "high risk" of armed resistance exists. Positions on the team include entry team and marksman (sniper). Members specialize in entry, intelligence, chemical munitions, less lethal force options, and various other specialties. All members of the SRT volunteer for this job in addition to their regular police assignments. The Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) functions as a subdivision of the Special Response Team. The CNT's goal is to enhance the prospects of peacefully and successfully resolving incidents through communication. The CNT supports and assists both the patrol and SRT functions by providing personnel trained in crisis intervention. The most common applications are suicide interventions and barricaded subjects.