Patrol

The Patrol Division is supervised by Lt. Jim Carmany who oversees four Patrol Teams made up of Sergeants and Officers. Each of the teams provide coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to the 54-square-miles of Bluffton. The Patrol officers proactively patrol certain areas of the Town to enforce State Law and Town Ordinances. They respond to various calls, such as, vehicle accidents, domestic disputes, robberies, burglaries, vandalism, noise complaints, drug violations and more. They are all also trained in traffic enforcement, allowing each to write citations and arrest those who drink and drive, speed, drive under a suspended license or commit other traffic violations. Under the realm of patrol operations also falls the bicycle patrol, marine patrol, and the K9 Unit. Four K9 Handlers and K9s make up the Unit. It was developed in 2016 with two German Shepherds, named Hunden and Teeko, from Czechoslovakia. Then in 2017, the department acquired two more German Shepherds named Frankie and Koda. All of the K9s are multi-purpose dogs used for narcotics detection, tracking, building searches, suspect apprehension and handler protection scenarios. 

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