The Patrol Division is commanded by the Operations Bureau Commander for Patrol. Two Lieutenants and a Sergeant and Corporal for each of the four patrol shifts make up the supervisory team.
Patrol officers are normally the first to be dispatched to crimes in progress. However, they have many other responsibilities. To name just a few, they conduct criminal investigations, assist stranded motorists, investigate traffic accidents, provide traffic enforcement and patrol assigned districts. Many officers serve in specialized positions while also performing their patrol duties. Some of the positions include: Special Response Team (SRT), Canine Handler, Bicycle Patrol, Critical Accident Investigation Team (CAIT), and Field Training Officer.
For police patrol purposes, the City of Sherman is geographically divided into seven sections, or beats. Each beat is assigned an officer who is responsible for the calls for service originating in that beat. Additionally, the beat officers are responsible for assisting with community events, conducting child ID programs, speaking at various events, and many other community programs taking place in their beat. View beat map.
Traffic Safety Unit
The Traffic Safety Unit (TSU) is assigned to the Patrol Division. This unit is supervised by a Sergeant and commanded by one to two patrol Lieutenants. TSU officers are responsible for investigating motor vehicle crashes and providing strategic traffic enforcement. Most of the TSU officers are members of the CAIT. CAIT members are specially-trained motor vehicle crash investigators. They are called upon to handle major crashes, including fatality accidents.