The Delano Police Department continues to actively support proven crime prevention programs and to explore new and innovative methods to reduce crime in Delano, and crime prevention is our top priority.
The Delano Police Department patrol division consists of one commander, 4 sergeants, 4 police corporals, 20 patrol officers, and 15 reserve officer positions. The units within this division consist of the canine unit, field training officers, POP team, community response unit, reserve unit, bike unit, the police explorer, and cadet programs.
Training continues to be a priority not only for the patrol division, but the entire department. Police Officer Standards and Training, POST, mandated by the state Legislature and in-service sessions were again taught by trained department instructors. The department also utilized the various certified POST training facilities throughout the state. Officers sent to these facilities received approximately 40 hours of classroom and hands-on training on subjects such as traffic accident investigation, drug and alcohol recognition, driver safety, firearms instructor, supervision, and hostage negotiations to mention a few.
Generally considered to be the "backbone" of any police department, the Patrol Division is the largest and most visible. The primary functions remain suppressing criminal activity, preventing crime, and apprehending offenders.
While on patrol, officers are responsible for responding to calls for service, crime deterrence, public information and assistance, traffic and crowd control, and incident investigation: apprehend and arrest suspects, interview witnesses, collect and preserve crime scene evidence, prepare reports and records, administer first aid, perform subpoena and warrant service, and other related duties as required.
One of a peace officer’s duties consists of enforcing the law. In our application of the law, we must do it within a legal spirit which was so clearly set forth by the Bill of Rights, an original part of our Constitution. That bill had as its purpose elevating the rights of each citizen to a position co-equal with the state which might accuse him. Its purpose was to provide for an enforcement of the law with indispensable fairness and equity. Because of the Bill of Rights, the dignity of the individual person in America was placed in an almost sacred position of importance.
A peace officer’s enforcement should not be done in reluctant adherence to the legal rights of the accused, but in a sincere spirit of seeking that every accused person is given all of his rights as far as it is within the powers of the police.