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About the Reidsville Police Department

The Reidsville Police Department is organized into four divisions: Administrative, Patrol, Community Policing and Detectives.  The Administrative Division is responsible for the overall operations of the Police Department and provides support services to the other divisions. 


The Patrol Division includes 41 sworn police officers and four telecommunicators. These members protect the citizens of Reidsville by answering calls for police services as first responders, taking reports of crimes and complaints, and by conducting follow-up investigations sometime resulting in the arrests of criminals or detaining suspects. The Patrol Division performs community and business security patrols, and provides security at events where crowds and/or traffic control is necessary. A large part of the Patrol function is the enforcement of motor vehicle laws, both state and local. The 11-member Special Response Team (SRT) is under the supervision and command of the Patrol Division. This team handles high-risk arrests and other crisis situations such as barricaded felons, hostage situations, suicide calls and other related incidents. The SRT unit is trained in special weapons use, tactical response and crowd control.


The purpose of the Community Policing Division is to develop and foster community partnerships with the citizens of Reidsville. The Reidsville Police Department takes a proactive approach to Community Policing and works with approximately 54 Neighborhood Watch groups, which emphasize crime prevention strategies.


The Division is responsible for receiving investigative reports from the Patrol Division and through investigation, interview and interrogation, search and seizure, detectives solve crimes and build cases against suspects. Typical duties performed by investigators include investigation of all crimes unsolved by patrol, collection of evidence at crime scenes, personal re-contact with victims, processing of arrestees, testifying in court, presentation of crime prevention programs, surveillance of criminal activity, and community policing programs. Investigators also conduct drug investigations of potential violators, execute search warrants, conduct undercover campaigns, and purchase narcotics, usually employing the services of informants.


The Detective Division is headed by a Captain, who oversees a division that consists of two units, Criminal and Special Investigations. Each of these units is supervised by a lieutenant. The Criminal Investigations Lieutenant manages a caseload as does the Criminal Sergeant, two Criminal Detectives, and Youth Detective under their supervision.


The Special Investigations Lieutenant conducts narcotics investigations, as do the two narcotics detectives under his supervision. This lieutenant also serves as the supervisor for the division's two-member tactical (TACT) unit. One of the tactical officers is a sergeant, who assists in the supervision of the Special Investigations Unit and supervises the department's canine teams, too. TACT’s primary function is to aggressively combat street level drug and criminal activity utilizing innovative techniques, which include the services of a narcotics detection canine. The lieutenant is also responsible for the enforcement of the Alcohol Beverage Control laws and regulations in the City. 






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