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Robert C. Wadman

About the Omaha Police Department

On February 12, 1857 the City of Omaha was incorporated, three years after the first village had been laid out.  In March of that year J.A. Miller became the first city marshal for the city of Omaha. Today, the Omaha Police Department is a large metropolitan police department organized into a Police Services Division, Criminal Investigations Bureau and Uniformed Patrol Bureau.


The Omaha Police Department has an authorized strength of 797 sworn police officers and patrols an area of just over 118 square miles.  The uniformed patrol contingent of the Omaha Police Department operates out of four precincts: Northeast; Southeast; Northwest; and, Southwest. 


Like other urban police departments, the Omaha Police Department also has specialized units designed to deal with law enforcement and community problems associated with the jurisdiction, such as: Horse Patrol; Air Support Unit; Canine; Major Crimes Unit; Homicide; Gang Unit; Narcotics; Special Victims Unit; Neighborhood Services Unit; Traffic Enforcement; Emergency Response Unit/Bomb Unit; and, a Riverfront Patrol.





Selected book from an Omaha Police Department law enforcement official.

To Protect and to Serve: A History of Police in America
Robert C. Wadman  More Info

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