Bike Patrols are an effort to get officers out of the car and closer to the community. Officers are able to patrol in areas of the city cars cannot reach. There are 9 officers and 1 Sergeant trained for bike patrol. Officers ride various times throughout the year and their efforts were key in the downward trend of a variety of crime categories.
The Police Department formed a team of officers who are responsible for
monitoring, registering, and completing compliance checks for registered
sex offenders and violent offenders against youth in our community.
The Community Engagement Team was created to enhance engagement with the public, including citizen, community, student, and faith-based groups – this includes an effort to identify underlying problems that our police department can address in order to reduce crime, enhance relationships, and foster trust. The Team organizes events in the community including National Night Out and Heroes and Helpers, along with participating in events organized by the community to include Building Leaders for Achieving Change and Camp Power.
Currently 5 officers are assigned to the multijurisdictional SWAT team. Team members are trained in a number of different tactics and techniques. Specialties include but are not limited to sniper team, less lethal grenadier, shield operator, trained negotiators, and assistant team leader. Many of the team members are also firearms instructors that have completed numerous courses on weapons handling and safety.
The SOT as a whole receives specialized training to respond to high risk events including but not limited to; hostage situations, barricaded armed subjects, armed suicidal/emotional disturbed individuals, and high risk search warrants. The SOT also assists during any major event when a coordinated team response is required. Monthly officers will train team movements, room entries, close quarters combat, crowd control, vehicle/bus assaults, less lethal certifications, and safe NFDD (Noise Flash Diversionary Device) deployment.
The members of the DeKalb Police Department assigned to the SOT are proud to be called upon to respond to and resolve the most dangerous situations and to use their specialized training to uphold the law and, above all else, preserve human life.
The DeKalb Police Department has two Harley Davidson Police Electra Glides that trained officers may ride during their shift. Officers assigned to the motor unit assist patrol in answering and responding to calls. The motor unit is a great way to engage the community whether on traffic safety details, parades, birthday parties, and community events
The DVU is committed to helping victims of domestic violence. The unit works hand in hand with victims, advocates, and the DeKalb County States Attorney's Office on these types of cases. The unit conducts follow-ups with the victims, which includes, getting additional pictures and statements, and assisting the victim with obtaining an Order of Protection (OOP). They also check to see if the violent offender has attempted to intimidate and/or contact the victim after an Order of Protection or bond provision has been set. The unit is dedicated to making sure the offenders are held accountable for their actions.
The DeKalb Police Department’s Field Training and Evaluation Process is an extension of the law enforcement selection process combining on-the-job training with objective performance assessment to ensure that the professional standards of a competent law enforcement officer are met. The purpose of the Field Training and Evaluation Program is to improve the overall effectiveness and efficiency of law enforcement service delivery by
Once the officer has successfully completed their field training, officers are assigned to a mentor to help with their individual development and build experience.