The Patrol Division provides law enforcement services to the community 24-hours-a-day, every day of the year. The Patrol Division is staffed with one Captain, eight Sergeants, and 35 Officers. The Patrol Commander is a Captain, who oversees the daily functions of the division, and includes officers in the special assignments of K9, SWAT and Traffic.
The Plymouth Police K9 Unit currently consists of three teams. Officer Matt Gliniany’s K9 partner is Stryker, a German Shepherd. The pair is USPCA (United States Police Canine Association) certified in PD1, PD2, and narcotics detection.
Officer Bill Dane, paired with K9 Odie, a Belgian Malinois, is also USPCA certified in PD1, PD2, and narcotics detection.
The third K9 team is Officer Steve Larson and his K9 partner, Knight, a German Shepherd. The team is USPCA certified in PD1 and narcotics detection.
PD1 certification consists of obedience, agility, person search, article search, and apprehension. PD2 is a tracking certification. Narcotics certification consists of indoor and outdoor searches for any of the following substances: marijuana; methamphetamine; cocaine; crack; and heroin.
The K9 Unit is deployed to several hundred different incidents each year, including deployments to assist other departments around the metro area. Besides their regular patrol duties and special assignments, the teams also routinely participate in community events, such as Music in Plymouth and Plymouth on Parade. The K9 teams are always popular with the attendees.
The Plymouth SWAT (Special Weapons And Tactics) team consists of 12 team members and four negotiators. The team was first formed in 1980. There were six original officers on the team. The team is made up from officers working various assignments. SWAT is called upon to assist with armed individuals, barricaded persons, and snipers and in situations involving hostages. The team is also used when executing high-risk warrants.
Plymouth's Traffic Unit was formed in 1995. The unit’s primary responsibility is to address traffic concerns in the cities residential areas. Additional responsibilities include: providing high-visibility traffic enforcement throughout the city, responding to and investigating major traffic accidents, enforcing commercial motor vehicle regulations, and conducting follow-up investigations of traffic related complaints.
The unit is responsible for a variety of functions where a sworn peace officer is not needed. These include animal control, nuisance enforcement, booking and monitoring of prisoners, parking complaints, various assists to officers and other services and deliveries. This unit also coordinates the weekly fingerprinting for residents needed for various work or adoption. The members of the unit also work on various crime prevention activities within the community assisting on Night to Unite, tours, speaking engagements and the cable television program, "Along For The Ride".