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Patrol Division

The Patrol Division is led by Field Operations Captain Frank Derris

The division is responsible for providing patrol services to the community. There are five patrol teams routinely staffed by a Sergeant, Corporal and up to five officers who provide front-line police
services 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

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The Patrol Division is responsible for providing high visibility, front-line police services to the community. Its primary function is to provide excellent service during every contact every time. Responsibilities range from assisting community member's to responding to calls for crimes in progress. Other responsibilities include, investigating criminal cases and the prevention and detection of crime through proactive patrols and crime analysis.

Within this division reside patrol, traffic, S.W.A.T. and the reserve officers. In addition, this division is responsible for coordinating the field training officer program and training all newly hired police officers and reserve officers in the field.

The traffic unit promotes safety on our roadways and in our community by enforcing traffic related laws and educating the public about traffic safety. The team deploys on marked motorcycles and concentrates on proactive efforts to prevent and reduce collisions and promote the smooth flow of traffic. Traffic officers investigate traffic collisions, and specialize in advanced techniques for incidents involving serious injury or death. A community services officer handles parking enforcement and abandoned vehicle issues.

The Foster City S.W.A.T. team is part of a elite regional tactical team comprised of sworn police officers from the Brisbane, Burlingame, Hillsborough, San Mateo, San Bruno and South San Francisco police departments. This regional team also consists of H.N.T. (Hostage Negotiation Team) members, tactical dispatchers, tactical fire/paramedics, and a tactical doctor. This entire unit is available for activation 24 hours a day, and can provide assistance to any law enforcement agency within San Mateo County.

“Excellent Service—Every Call—Every Contact—Every Day!”

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