Patrol

The Patrol Division of the Vigo County Sheriff's Office consists of: the Patrol Division Commander, four (4) shift lieutenants, five (5) shift sergeants, and 32 full-time merit deputies who are assigned to one (1) of three (3) duty shifts; A-shift, which works from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., B-shift, which works from 3 p.m. to 11  and C-shift working from 11 pm to 7 am.                                                                                                                                                                                         

The functions of the Patrol Division are many and varied:

  • Preventative patrol - To ensure police coverage in all areas of the county, the County is divided into 4 districts.  One deputy per shift is assigned to a particular district with a supervisor generally assisting throughout the county.
  • Response to calls for service - By far, the most common function of the Patrol Division is responding to citizens' requests for service. This is also the most challenging function as deputies are required to deal with situations ranging from administrative details to life threatening encounters all perhaps within one shift.
  • Investigation of crimes, incidents and hazards - Responding to an incident/crime often requires more than just the physical presence of a deputy; it requires the officer to find the details, causes and effects of the incident/crime and to relate this information in a report. The deputy must also be able to testify to his/her findings in a court of law.
  • Traffic direction and control - Traffic control is one of the more vital functions of the Patrol Division. Traffic in neighborhoods and on busy thoroughfares is a major concern of the citizens.
  • Maintenance of public order - Officers must be prepared to respond to large gatherings, demonstrations, and public functions where order must be maintained for the safety of all citizens.
  • Emergency services - When a crisis or disaster, public or personal strikes, the Patrol Division officer is usually the first on the scene. The officer must provide first responder assistance whether medical, investigative, or public safety, in an efficient, professional manner.

The deputies of the Vigo County Sheriff's Office Patrol Division are the most visible representatives of law enforcement in the county. We are fortunate to have highly trained, professional men and women to serve the citizens of Vigo County.