The Vehicle Patrol Unit operates on a 24-hour shift rotation utilizing 12 hour shifts. Their primary responsibility is to provide general law enforcement activity to the unincorporated areas of Chilton County. These activities include being on the lookout for criminal activity and potential disturbances, traffic violations and hazards, dangerous situations and conditions, and people in need of assistance. Deputies of the Vehicle Patrol Unit are the first to respond in the event of emergencies, disturbances, crimes, traffic problems or traffic crashes. Whenever possible they will handle the situation with whatever immediate action is appropriate, perform follow-up investigations or make referrals as necessary. The majority of incidents are handled from start to finish by the initially responding patrol deputies; however, the Patrol Division can call upon a variety of specialized resources within the Sheriff’s Office when appropriate. Patrol Deputies also make full use of community resources to assist with their mission, and invest as much time as possible in maintaining the Department’s most direct link with the public it serves.
Deputies assigned to vehicle patrol handle the majority of calls for police services, whether crimes or traffic crashes, and perform the lion’s share of traffic control duties.
The Patrol Division utilizes a small fleet of vehicles to perform its functions. There are traditionally marked patrol cars which act to suppress unlawful activity as well as make it easier to locate a deputy sheriff when in need, and unmarked cars which provide a less obvious presence.
The marked Sheriff’s vehicles perform the majority of patrol and routine traffic control duties. Patrol deputies use them to cover as much of the County as possible responding quickly to calls for assistance, and constantly on the watch for conditions and activities requiring law enforcement action. You may see them driving near the schools to protect the students coming in the morning or leaving in the afternoon. They are also seen responding with lights flashing and sirens wailing to reach emergencies where seconds count.