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About the Lawrence Police Department

The 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.


The 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.


A 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.




Selected book from a Lawrence Police Department police officer.

Police Work It's Not All Coffee and Donuts: A Read for Police Officers and Those Who Dare to Learn What Makes Them Tick and Ticked Off
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