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Patrol Division

Contact Us

For calls for assistance:
Emergency: 911
Non-emergency: Dispatch: (615) 898-7770

Patrol Major Steve Spence: (615) 904-3062
Patrol Capt. Chris Haynes: (615) 904-3063


About

The Patrol Unit is the most visible division of Sheriff's Office. Patrol deputies follow the Community Oriented Policing philosophy. Their primary goal is to protect lives and property and to enforce laws. Highly-trained deputies cover the 626-square miles of Rutherford County. Each patrol deputy is assigned one of the 10 zones throughout the county. From diffusing domestic altercations to disaster response, deputies are prepared for any situation.

Duties include:
• Patrol to preserve order and prevent and discover crimes.
• Enforce traffic laws and investigate non-injury or minor injury traffic crashes.
• Respond to calls for assistance.
• Render aid to victims through Automatic Electronic Defibrillators, CPR and First Aid.
• Conduct investigations, protect crime scenes and prepare written reports.
• Make arrests, transport prisoners and attend all court proceedings.
• Respond to various community needs such as prevention, education and victim assistance.
• Serve state and civil warrants.

Active Crime Enforcement Unit patrols in high crime areas and provides manpower support for other deputies. The ACE Unit works with patrol, Criminal Investigations Division, narcotics, school resource officers, criminal warrants and other local, state and federal agencies. The officers assigned to the unit concentrate on street level narcotics, violent crimes, gang crimes, property crimes, service of criminal warrants, identification of repeat offenders and work with SROs in addressing criminal and gang activity on or off campus that may affect the safety of the school and community. The ACE Unit works flexible shifts to work high crime areas and high traffic areas. The ACE Unit responds to complaints about speeding and any type of special events.

The K-9 Unit pairs a deputy and a trained dog that is comparable to having another deputy. The K-9 serves as a partner to assist with locating illegal drugs and apprehending criminal suspects. The unit consists of six dual-purpose dogs and a bloodhound assigned to search and rescue missing children and adults. The unit helps with special events at schools and businesses.

The Mounted Patrol Unit consists of deputies paired with six Percheron horses. Deputies and horses undergo rigorous training, allowing them to handle diverse situations. The teams search for missing children and adults, provide crowd control at high school football games and community events and patrol in neighborhoods. All the horses were donated. The program is also funded by donated fee and hay and other contributions.

Specialized units:

SWAT Team responds to dangerous situations such as hostage situations, barricaded subjects, event security, active shooter situations, high-risk warrants service and unique tactical situations that may arise. SWAT members are highly-trained, highly motivated, professional group of individuals who routinely work in high-stress environments.

The Crisis Negotiations Unit is a team of highly-trained deputies who dedicate their time diffusing the tension of dangerous situations by verbal communication and using special negotiating techniques.

Negotiators attempt to talk individuals out of creating or maintaining a dangerous situation. Negotiators may use their skills to stop people from harming themselves or others or to release hostages. Members may negotiate with barricaded suspects and convince them to turn themselves in. The Crisis Negotiations Unit is on call 24 hours a day. They work closely with other tactical units.