Patrol Operations are the backbone of the Police Department. Officers respond on a daily basis to calls for service from the public and handle varying situations that require quick thinking, professionalism and problem solving skills.
Lieutenant Pete Ritchie
Lieutenant Charles Grubbs
HPD has four patrol squads each consisting of ten officers, a K9 Officer, and supervised by two Sergeants. The supervisors are responsible for the day to day operations of the squad and direct field assignments. Patrol officers with the Harrisonburg Police Department hold the rank of Police Officer (PO) I or II and then are promoted to Career Police Officer (CPO).
Patrol officers are using the Geographical Policing model to serve Harrisonburg.
PO I's are officers who are in the process of being trained and have yet to complete their 18 week basic academy and 16 week field training program.
PO II's are released for solo patrol assignments and receive a ranking insignia of one stripe once they have mastered one specialty skill area, requiring at least 40 hours of training.
The rank of Career Police Officer is reserved for those officers who have at least five years of police experience and meet certain requirement of the department's Career Development Program.
The typical patrol officer in Harrisonburg has an average of five years of field experience. They work 12-hour permanent shifts either daylight or nights depending on squad assignment. They patrol the City of Harrisonburg on a 24-hour basis in a variety of marked and unmarked police vehicles.