The Patrol Division is the largest part of the Watertown Police Department. Patrol Officers are the first help that arrives when you call 911. Our Patrol Officers are in your neighborhoods 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and are the first line of defense against crime. The Patrol Division handles a various array of calls such as the enforcement of laws, investigation of criminal offenses, apprehension of offenders, and enforcement of traffic and parking laws.
All Patrol Officers maintain a medical certification of Medical Response Technician, and all are equipped with Automatic External Defibrillators and other medical equipment as needed. All Patrol Officers are trained to handle an incident involving emotionally disturbed persons, but several officers are specially trained Crisis Intervention Team members. The Watertown Police Department utilizes numerous radar units, and laser units to enforce speed limits in town, in addition to several digital record-able speed boxes which can be mounted in various locations in town.
The Watertown Police Department is an affiliate with a Regional Traffic Unit which is a specialized traffic unit comprised of Officers from the Towns of Watertown, Middlebury, Naugatuck, and Wolcott. The RTU conducts weekly traffic enforcement deployments in the member towns on a rotation basis. The focus of the RTU is speed, seat belt, and DWI enforcement. The purpose of the Regional Traffic Unit is to reduce the number of injury-producing accidents on secondary roadways in Connecticut. The Watertown Police Department and the Regional Traffic Unit have received grants from the Connecticut Department of Transportation to conduct DWI checkpoints and seat belt checkpoints. The RTU is highly visible during the summer months and holiday season.