Patrol

The Patrol Section of Midland County Sheriff's Office is led by Lieutenant Harold Uddley. It consists three sergeants, three corporals, 22 Patrol Officers and one secretary. Patrol Section has two canines to assist in their daily duties. Patrol Section is responsible for over 900 square miles and handles over 20,000 calls of service annually.

Shifts

The Patrol Sections operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In order to provide this coverage, the Section is split into four shifts:

  1. Day shift (7 a.m. until 5 p.m.)
  2. Evening shift (4:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.)
  3. Night shift (9:30 p.m. until 7 a.m.)
  4. Traffic Enforcement shift, which is designed to work different hours to provide service

Goals

It is the goal of the Midland County Sheriff's Office Patrol Division to provide effective law enforcement service to the citizens of Midland County. This goal is accomplished by striving to achieve exemplary performance in the following areas:

  • To patrol Midland County in a manner to effectively reduce criminal activity.
  • To identify, apprehend, and assist in the prosecution of persons suspect of committing crimes.
  • Recover lost or stolen property.
  • Selective enforcement of traffic laws.
  • Provide assistance to the citizens of Midland County in areas of concern in the Law Enforcement community.
  • Assist other divisions of the Midland County Sheriff's Office and other Law Enforcement agencies in order to achieve and maintain a high degree of professional Law Enforcement.

While these goals and objectives are broad in scope, they do provide the officers a defined mission and do not in any way restrict the duties or responsibilities of the officers of the Patrol Division. In addition to these duties, the Patrol Section provides valuable community service through traffic enforcement, security details and dignitary protection to public and private organizations. Officers also make public service appearances on topics such as Personal safety, Workplace Violence, Identification Theft Prevention and Neighborhood Watch coordination.

Racial Profiling

Employees of the Midland County Sheriff's Office shall not engage in racial profiling. Racial profiling is defined as "a law enforcement initiated action based on an individual's race, ethnicity, or national origin rather than on the individual's behavior or on information identifying the individual as having engaged in criminal activity." Racial profiling is illegal, inconsistent with the principles of American policing, and an indefensible public protection strategy.

Complaints on incidents of racial profiling shall be handled through policies and procedures as established in Chapter Three of the General Manual. Racial profiling is a major infraction, and employees involved in such activity will be subject to disciplinary action.

This policy is in compliance with state law Code of Criminal Procedure 2.131 to 2.138.