Wylie Patrol Officers provide around-the-clock preventive patrol, respond to calls for service, perform traffic accident investigation, and enforce federal, state and local laws. Patrol is responsible for initial crime investigation and protection of Wylie citizens. The Wylie Police Department Patrol Division is the face of the organization. The majority of contact that the public has with the police department is with the members of the Patrol Division. This fact is taken seriously by all officers assigned to the Patrol Division. When a citizen calls the Wylie Police Department needing service, a patrol officer is initially sent to the location. They begin the investigation by analyzing the situation, examining the evidence and then making a decision on a course of action. If a report is warranted, the report is taken by a patrol officer and then referred to an investigator for a follow-up investigation.
Officers utilize state-of-the-art technology in their vehicles. Vehicles are equipped with the latest in crime fighting technology such as laptop computers, in car video, LED based lighting systems, stop sticks, ballistic shields and basic crime scene equipment. The use of Tahoes as patrol vehicles allow this equipment to be carried by most on-duty patrol officers.
Before someone can become a patrol officer with the Wylie Police Department, they must complete a state approved police academy as well as a three week mini-academy. After successful completion, they enter the field training program. The field training program consists of 4 months of riding with a Field Training Officer. The job of the Field Training Officer is to closely monitor and provide on the job training for the recruit. The Field Training Officers are selected to be the best of the best in their respective areas.
There are 34 positions assigned to the Patrol Division, which is under the command Lt. Anthony Henderson. There are four Patrol Sergeants, 27 Patrol Officers, and 1 K-9 Officers.
Lt. Henderson's contact information:
Phone - (972) 442-8177
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
In November of 2000, the Wylie Police Department acquired its first K-9, Carlo. After eight years with the Wylie Police Department and many accolades, Carlo retired in October of 2008. Carlo's handler, BJ Martin, has since been assigned another K-9 by the name of Caro. Caro is a 2 year-old German Shepherd. Caro was purchased with the assistance of Wal-Mart and its employees.
The Wylie Police Department K-9 are multi-purpose dogs. They are trained and certified for narcotics searches, article searches, and tracking. Caro, and Martin recently attended the K-9 trials where both received their certifications. The K-9 teams train a minimum of one night a week to keep their skills polished. The dogs are obedience trained to only respond to their handlers who are trained to give the commands in a different language. The dogs that are chosen for use with the Wylie Police Department are aggressive enough to complete all of the duties of a multi-purpose dog, but have a calm enough temperment to be used for community relations.