• The Uniform Patrol Bureau provides the foundation for all law enforcement efforts of the Portsmouth Police Department and serves as the most visible and recognizable group within the agency. Uniform Patrol Officers respond to calls for service and proactively patrol the approximately 30 square miles of land that comprise the City of Portsmouth. The primary function of Uniform Patrol is to safeguard life and property, detect and deter crime, and arrest or summons violators of criminal and traffic offenses.  Officers impartially enforce violations of Federal and State code and City ordinances. The Uniform Patrol Division, at full staffing, consists of 92 sworn officers, 12 Sergeants, and 4 Lieutenants assigned within four platoons.  First and Second Platoon rotate within a 12 hour shift schedule to provide coverage seven days a week while Third and Fourth Platoons do the same to cover the night shift. In an effort to provide efficient service to the citizens of Portsmouth, the city is divided into patrol zones, with an officer assigned to each zone to maximize coverage.  Uniform Patrol Platoons are divided into three groups, a North side and South side group, and a roving Strike Team capable of assisting any patrol zone which may be experiencing increased calls for service or increased criminal activity.

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