Commander: Lt. Linda Nichols
This is where it all begins. The Communications Division handles all radio and telephone calls for 4 Police Departments, 1 full time Fire Department, 8 volunteer Fire Departments, The county Rescue Squad and Ambulance Service. Many take the Communications Division officers for granted, until they try to answer the 12 non-emergency phone lines, 911 emergency lines, an entire shift of police, fire and ambulance radio traffic. The D.P.D. Communications Division employees 15 members. They have to be calm even when dealing with life threatening calls. Each day the lives of officers, fire fighters, and the public rest in their hands. Definitely not a job for everyone. All members are required to be certified by state law.
Captain Larry Bruce
Commander Eddie Breeden
The Criminal Investigation Division of the D.P.D. is composed of 10 Detectives and 1 secretary. The function of the C.I.D. Unit is to apprehend those offenders who elude arrest at the hands of the Patrol Division. The division handles all cases from theft to murder. 2 of the Detectives are assigned to a joint vice task force with the Dickson County Sheriff’s Department.
The Patrol Division of the D.P.D. is the largest division in the department.
Made up of 30 uniformed Patrol Officers who are responsible for 24-hour 7-day a week patrol of the city. Commanded by a Captain and three shift supervisors, the Patrol Division is spilt into three patrol zones. Each officer is responsible for their zone throughout their 8-hour shift. In addition to being a first responder to all criminal calls and traffic accidents, the Patrol Division also addresses a myriad of calls that include ordinances and crime prevention.
Commander: Robert Odom
Under the direction of a Captain, it is the intent of the City of Dickson Police Department Training Division to provide employees with training established by legal mandate or determined by the department to be necessary. The Training Division is responsible for the development, coordination, and presentation of all training within the department.
The goals of the Dickson Police Department training program are:
Training is a continual never-ending process involving all members of the Dickson Police Department. The training function is the responsibility of the Training Division Captain. These responsibilities include: training both sworn and civilian personnel, developing training programs, notifying personnel of available training, selecting instructors and supervising the field training program just to name a few.
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