The West Haven Police Department’s Patrol Division (the Uniform Services Division) consists of approximately 80 sworn officers. The WHPD maintains a minimum staffing level at all times. The Patrol Division’s work day is divided into 6 shifts which overlap to allow continuous coverage throughout the city. During a shift there may be as many as 14 or more officers on duty, not including detectives or other divisions. The Patrol Division is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
The City of West Haven is divided into 10 patrol areas, or beats. These beats are staffed on all shifts by patrol units. There are additional walking beats and “floater” units (patrol cars not assigned to a specific area) throughout the city. In addition, patrols with special assignments (i.e. Quality of Life, CAPPS, DUI, and other directed patrols) are deployed as well. Officers in the Patrol Division respond to calls for reports of criminal activity, apprehending criminals and wanted persons, motor vehicle accidents, as well as enforcing motor vehicle violations and performing preventative deterrent patrols.
The Patrol Division, which responds to more than 40,000 calls for service each year, is the largest division in the police department.
The Patrol Division is headed by Captain Richard Dimeola. A minimum of one Shift Lieutenant serves at the Shift Commander (also called the Commanding Officer) on each shift. Each shift also has one Sergeant supervising the dispatch communications center and one Sergeant supervising the patrol units on the street.
The Shift Commanders for the Patrol Division are:
Lt. Christopher Zitnay who currently works the evening shift.
Lt. Robert Urrata who currently works the midnight shift.
Lt. Kaitlyn Flavin who currently works the midnight shift.
Lt. Carl Flemmig who currently works the evening shift.
Lt. Sal D’Amato who currently works the morning shift.