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(912) 964-4360

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ADMINISTRATION DIVISION 

The Administration Division is staffed by four full-time civilian clerks. This division processes all incident reports, accident reports, arrest and booking reports, traffic citations and warnings, court dockets and warrants. They are also responsible for all entries made into the National Crime Information Center, (NCIC) network which includes arrest warrants, stolen vehicles and boats, stolen firearms, stolen serial-numbered articles, and missing persons.

All of our police reports are computer generated. Entry and documentation of these reports are conducted on a daily basis. Correspondence to proper County and State Agencies are compiled each week and distributed. Such correspondence will include validation of NCIC records, forwarding accident reports to Department of Public Safety, Court records to State and Superior Courts of Chatham County, and preparing the Uniformed Crime Statistics.

Municipal Court is held on Wednesdays (baring a Holiday) at 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. This court hears preliminary hearings on felony cases, warrant hearings, motion hearings, traffic and misdemeanor cases, as well as City Ordinance violations.

Monthly records are kept of all persons arrested, suspension notices to the Department of Public Safety, probation records, incident reports, crime statistics, traffic citations, vehicle impoundments, NCIC files, field interview cards, daily activity logs, and criminal warrants.

Inquiries can be made to the Administration Division at (912) 964-4360 Monday through Friday from 08:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Top

INVESTIGATIVE DIVISION

The investigative division is staffed by two criminal investigators and one drug investigator. They are responsible for conducting criminal investigations into all crimes reported within the jurisdiction of the City of Port Wentworth. This will include crimes against persons, property crimes, missing persons, juvenile crimes, undercover investigations, drug investigations, and city ordinance violations as well as assisting patrol units in their day-to-day operations. Detectives receive required training to enhance their ability to successfully investigate and document criminal cases.

We utilize current knowledge of State and Federal Laws, conduct interviews and interrogations, obtain and document witness statements, prepare and update criminal case files, execute search warrants when applicable, obtain subpoena's for required information, perform background and criminal history checks, obtain criminal warrants, and effect arrests of persons suspected of committing crimes, both felonious and misdemeanor in nature.

In addition, this division performs all forensic investigations, to include latent print lifting and identification, as well as utilizing the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) when applicable, trace evidence collection, photographic (to include 35 MM, and digital), and video tape documentation, sketching, inventory, and processing of crime scenes. Attendance of medical procedures as necessary, and transportation of evidence to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab when necessary, as well as obtaining technical evidence which may require the assistance of experts.

Finally, providing all documentation required to complete the criminal case file, and forwarding that file to the designated authority as prescribed by law. Top

PATROL DIVISION

The Patrol Division is the largest division within the police department. The primary mission of the Patrol Division is crime suppression and criminal apprehension. Although certain officers have specialized training, each officer is expected to patrol their assigned areas in order to be visible to prevent crimes and to reassure the public by their presence. Officers assigned to the Patrol Division are responsible for the investigation of suspicious persons and activities, responding to calls for service, and investigation of less-than-serious traffic collisions.

While they are the primary responding officers to crime scenes and are charged with collecting the initial information and determining if more specialized units need to be contacted, patrol officers may complete most investigations themselves if they wish.

The Patrol Division currently has twelve officers, each assigned to one of four "watches". Each watch works 12 hour shifts that rotate every 28 days. Watches are commanded by an officer ranking Sergeant or higher and consist also of a Corporal and a Patrolman. Each Watch commander reports directly to the Chief of Police.

Officers are initially assigned to the Patrol Division but may be reassigned based upon the needs of the department as defined by the Chief of Police, and that officer's specific training and general aptitude. Every officer attends a minimum of 20 hours training each year at one of the regional police academies or at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center but they may attend additional training.

Each officer is issued a primary firearm (Glock Model 21, .45 caliber, semi-automatic pistol and three high capacity (13 round) magazines, a 12 gauge pump-action shotgun, pepper spray, and if properly trained, a baton. Each watch has one high powered rifle (M-14, 7.62mm, semi-automatic rifle with three, 20 round magazines) that is issued to an officer that has received special training. Each watch also has one officer that has been issued a special shotgun that is used to deploy "bean bag" rounds or other less-lethal ammunition.

Every officer has an assigned patrol vehicle that is equipped with a radar unit, mobile radios, an in-car video monitoring system, and any other necessary emergency equipment. The department has a "take-home" policy regarding the officer's assigned vehicle that allows for greater visibility in the community as well as helping the department maintain a larger base of officers to draw from in the event of an emergency.

The department tries to maintain at least two officers per watch that are trained and certified to operate the breath alcohol testing equipment and one officer that is trained as a Child Safety Seat Practitioner and has one officer that is a Child Passenger Safety Technician/Traffic Occupant Protection Strategies Instructor. Every officer is also sent to all training classes required to achieve and Advanced Certification. The department has two Traffic Accident Reconstructionists, five Field Training Officers, three P.I.T. instructors, several General Instructors and a firearms instructor.
Every officer is also extensively trained in the Pursuit Intervention Technique, P.I.T., and every vehicle is equipped with a special front bumper that allows the application of this technique during a high speed pursuit to minimize damage to the patrol vehicle. Top

Code Enforcement and Community Services

The department has one Police Officer assigned to Code Enforcement and Community Services which includes Community Watch and Crime Prevention. Code Enforcement notices are given by Door Knockers as a Courtesy Notice, Followed up by letters issued to violators and in some cases by subpoena to Municipal Court for persons that do not comply with City Ordinance Codes.
The mission of Code Enforcement is Pubic Health, Safety and Welfare for all and to Enforcement of Property Maintenance Codes.  Top


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