The Patrol Division has four platoons (A, B, C, and D). Each
platoon has a Lieutenant and Sergeant who supervises the shift, and five patrol
deputies. The deputies are assigned to different sections of Burke County's
511 square mile area.
Each platoon works a twelve-hour shift, with the officers permanently
assigned to either day or night shift. The schedule allows each platoon to
be off-duty every other weekend.
Deputies patrol their assigned beats and also are responsible for the
service of processes including warrants, criminal summons, subpoenas, show
cause orders, juvenile summons, and bond forfeitures. They also respond to
calls for service and constantly face dangerous situations. During the
night, officers check buildings and keep a keen eye focused on suspicious
vehicles and persons.