The Front Line of Defense
The Patrol Division is the front line in the fight against crime. lt is the most visible representation of the Police Department in the community as it consists of uniformed officers in marked police vehicles. Uniformed officers are the first to respond to crime problems and emergencies, and their visibility and proactive patrol in the community help in the prevention of crime.
The Patrol Division is divided into four watches to provide 24-hour service and personnel are assigned to each watch on an annual basis.
The City of Pueblo has an area of approximately 56 square miles, which is divided into quads. Officers are assigned to these quads, and thus handle the majority of the calls for service in their area of responsibility. These assignments serve to foster a sense of ownership on the part of the officers and it allows them to become familiar with the specific problems and needs of their area. It also allows citizens a chance to get to know the officers who work in their neighborhood.
Watch I – 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Watch I is led by Captain Kenny Rider and four sergeants, and twenty-eight officers. The officers are broken down into two teams of 14 highly trained officers who are committed to serving the community of Pueblo. Officers regularly meet with members of the community to develop partnerships designed to identify and strategically address issues that arise. Officers are deeply involved with the community and regularly organize and participate in many events throughout the year to include The Polar Plunge, Torch Run for Special Olympics, Tip-A-Cop, Badges & Blankets, National Night out, Hero's & Helpers, Toy Bowl and so many more. Our officers take pride in helping the community they serve. Community oriented policing is rooted in our philosophy and each of us continually strives to enhance the quality of life within the City of Pueblo for all its residents and visitors.
Watch II – 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Watch II is led by Captain Kenny Rider and 4 sergeants. They lead a group of 34 highly motivated and professional officers committed to providing outstanding service to the City of Pueblo. In 2018 they conducted a Community Orientated Policing Project on the city’s eastside holding community meetings and a community BBQ. Watch II officers participate in efforts such as the Toy Bowl, Special Olympics Torch Run, Heroes and Helpers, National Night out and many others. The officers strive daily to enhance the quality of life for our citizens through hard work, proactive policing and community partnerships.
Watch III – 5:30 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
Watch III is led by Captain Dustin Taylor and 4 Sergeants. They lead a group of 22 highly motivated and professional officers committed to providing outstanding service to the City of Pueblo. In 2018 they participated in the Community Orientated Policing Project on the city’s eastside and conducted a Community Orientated Policing Project for the Block/Mesa Junction area. They held community meetings, a community BBQ and directed patrol of the area to reduce crime and build relationships with the residents. Watch III officers participate in efforts such as the Toy Bowl, Special Olympics Torch Run, Heroes and Helpers, National Night out and many others. The officers strive daily to enhance the quality of life for our citizens through hard work, proactive policing and community partnerships.
Watch IV – 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Watch IV is comprised of two crews, each having a north and a south team, with a sergeant leading each team. Watch IV sergeants and officers are very committed to the Pueblo community. In 2018, they conducted a Community Oriented Policing Project on the city’s east side, holding two community meetings and a neighborhood clean-up day, which included a cookout and a Pinewood Derby. Watch IV officers participate in efforts such as Special Olympics, the Tip-a-Cop fundraiser, Heroes and Helpers, the Toy Bowl, El Centro del Quinto Sol Board meetings, the Shield of Faith Motorcycle Run, and others. The men and women of Watch IV are committed to the Department’s mission to “enhance the quality of life in the City of Pueblo” through hard work and community partnerships.