Department Divisions: Patrol

The Patrol Division is an eclectic group of highly skilled and intelligent Officers whose primary responsibilities include general and specific patrol functions. These patrol functions are segregated into an assortment of specific assignments and duties which include, but are not limited to the following;

  • Traffic enforcement
  • Motor vehicle crash response
  • Bike patrols
  • Foot patrols
  • Escort and peace-keeping details
  • Emergency call response
  • Medical emergencies response
  • Burglar alarm response
  • Commercial and residential building checks
  • Domestic violence intervention
  • Preliminary investigations
  • Crisis management


Patrol Officers are assigned to “patrol districts” and “posts” throughout the town.  These Officers are encouraged to utilize community policing principles and initiatives while in the performance of their duties to help foster a positive partnership with community members.

Patrol Officers are assigned to both marked and unmarked patrol vehicles.  Their vehicles are equipped with emergency lighting and radio systems, in-car video cameras, computer terminals and a variety of other enforcement tools and patrol equipment.

All Officers—regardless of their assignments, designations and specialty units—undergo a rigorous field training program.  Officers must meet and exceed training expectations and demonstrate proficiency in all aspects of law enforcement.

If you are interested in taking a tour of the Belchertown Police Department or doing a ride-along with a Patrol Officer, please contact Sergeant Pacunas — the Community Policing Supervisor.