The goal of the Patrol Division is to address community problems and assure a safe community environment through directed and routine patrol. As the most visible and largest division of the police department, the Patrol Division provides the first response to emergency and non-emergency incidents. Patrol personnel proactively address community problems, use various specialized units for special community problems, and deliver police services to city residents.
A total of 64 patrol officers, five S.T.E.P officers and 4 DUI specialists man eight teams in the patrol division. 5 sworn volunteer reserve officers also volunteer their time and assist with patrol activities. Two watch commanders (Lieutenants) act as supervisors of the shifts. Each patrol team has a Sergeant and Corporal directly supervising the team. The schedule has a day shift, early swing shift, a late swing shift and a night shift each day. The officers work 11.5 hour shifts, alternating working 4 days one week then 3 days the next week. The schedule has double coverage between 11:00 A.M. and 3:00 A.M. each day, allowing for more units to be available during these high call load time periods. Many extra duty assignments including K-9, Tactical Response Team (TRT), Field Training Officer, and Crime Scene Investigator, are available to the patrol officers. See the Specialties page for a full list of specialties. As with any department, the patrol division is the backbone of the agency, with most of the department's resources being put into this division.
For fiscal 2013, Nampa Police Department has 110 authorized sworn positions. For inquiries on any openings on patrol, please see the employment page of this site.
In an attempt to offer better police services and more effective policing, we have also recently adopted a districting concept. The city has been broken into 4 districts, with the substations in each area acting as headquarters for 3 of the districts and the main public safety building the headquarters for the 4th. Officers are now being permanently assigned to districts, rather than changing responsible patrol areas periodically. This was done in an attempt to better familiarize officers with problems in their districts, and be able to communicate those issues with all other officers from their district on other shifts, in an attempt to try to standardize enforcement on a problem. This allows the problem to be focused on by district officers from all shifts, rather than a single officer or shift. We are also conducting district meetings and inviting the public from neighborhoods or businesses in each district, to attend and directly discuss problems and concerns with officers responsible for that district. Our goal is to provide better communication between the public and the police, and to provide consistent service in dealing with issues within the districts.