The Division is comprised of four squads, each led by a sergeant and a corporal. The Division uses both marked and unmarked vehicles equipped with a mobile data terminal (computer), first aid equipment and a defibrillator. The Patrol Division also utilizes bicycles, motorcycles and plain clothes patrols to complete specific initiatives or to address specific concerns of the community.
The Patrol Division of the Madison Police Department is the largest of all the divisions within the Department. The Patrol Division is responsible for responding to all calls for service within the community.
The Division accomplishes this task by being the centralized location dispatch point for all 9-1-1 calls as well as all non-emergent police department calls.
The Patrol Division is responsible for responding to all 9-1-1 calls, motor vehicle crashes, emergency medical calls, reports of crimes and disorderly persons offenses, fires, disasters as well as incorporating a spirit of cooperation with both the business community and citizens alike. Patrol officers are responsible for the initial investigation of all crimes that occur within the Rose City.
As the hub for the surrounding five communities and for three local universities, the Madison Police Department Patrol Division aggressively enforces alcohol and drug laws within the community. Alcohol and drug initiatives range from DWI patrols, fixed surveillance of liquor stores - to deter and arrest underage purchasing of alcohol, plain clothes foot patrol, directed motorized patrol and coordinated undercover drug operations in conjunction with the Division of Investigations.