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|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.
During the summer of 2005, the Emergency Reporting System (ERS) integrated with
the West Haven Police Department. ERS personnel, who previously answered
911 emergency calls, now answer both 911 emergency and non-emergency calls.
These dispatchers are cross trained in call taking and dispatching of police,
fire, and medical calls for service.
ERS dispatchers staff one of four identical dispatch
stations (pictured left), each capable of dispatching police, fire, or medical calls.
Television monitors which are networked to security cameras positioned along the
boardwalk and police headquarters, are viewed within this dispatch center.
Through these real-time images, dispatchers can monitor activity and dispatch
appropriate services when needed. In addition, equipment used to trace the
location of emergency 911 calls made from cellular phones is now available.
Complimenting the Patrol Division is our K-9
unit. The K-9's are specially trained and used in apprehension of
suspects, locating missing persons, evidence recovery, and narcotics detection.
In addition, the patrol division consists of other specialized
units including: Crisis Intervention Team,
Quality of Life, Bike Patrol,
Emergency Response Team, Crisis
Negotiators, and the Traffic Unit.
The Patrol Division is headed by Captain Christopher Giuliano. 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. Joseph Wynosky who currently works the day shift.
Lt. Robert Proto who currently works the evening shift.
Lt. James Donovan who currently is assigned to accreditation and patrol
Lt. Carl Flemmig who currently works the evening shift.
Lt. Sal D'Amato who currently works the midnight shift.
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