the Lawrence Police Department
two largest divisions of the Lawrence Police Department are the Patrol Division and the Detective Division. The Patrol Division is the backbone of the department and is responsible for patrol coverage and
emergency response within the 7 square miles of Lawrence. The patrol division is the largest division in the department and
is primarily responsible for responding to calls for service, conducting preliminary investigations, investigating motor vehicle
accidents, crime control and improvement of neighborhoods, and service delivery in response to crime advisories and community
concerns. As first responders to all emergency calls, the patrol officers also assist local E.M.S. and Lawrence Fire units.
Patrol Division is under the command of a Captain. Each of the three platoons (shifts) includes a supervisory team of a Lieutenant,
and three Sergeants, the patrol officer's immediate supervisor. The City is divided into six geographical areas known as sectors.
Captain, two Lieutenants and two Sergeants supervise the Detective Division. There are a total of nineteen investigators assigned
to the Criminal Investigation Unit. All investigators receive specialized education and training in their assigned areas such
as homicide investigations, sexual assault and battery, crime scene processing, investigation of financial fraud, juvenile
laws, drug interdiction and many other specialized investigative disciplines.