The City of Franklin Police Department's Patrol Division are the first responders to 99% of the calls for service received by this agency. Patrol officers may be called to answer a variety of calls.
There are four squads operating within the Patrol Division. Each squad is run in a paramilitary fashion with squads consisting of one sergeant, one corporal, and three patrol officers.
Patrol officers have the opportunity to be an active participant in investigations of offenses that she or he is conducting.
Officers work their own cases from processing the crime scene, securing warrants against a suspect, to testifying in court; Franklin Patrol Officers work the case from start to finish.
Bicycle patrol is another function of the patrol Division. Bicycle Patrol is used in conjunction with Patrol Officers for special events and security details.
The Franklin Police Department K-9 Unit is a versatile section of the Patrol Division. Because of their superior senses of smell, hearing, and physical capabilities, the Franklin Police Department Canines are a valuable supplement to their human counterparts. K-9 teams routinely conduct a vast range of tasks such as:
- narcotics searches
- evidence searches
- tracking dangerous criminals fleeing from officers
- search and rescue operations for lost or elderly persons
The K-9 Unit is often requested in assisting other local, state, or federal agencies. K-9 Teams are available to perform demonstrations and presentations for schools as well as other civic organizations.
All Franklin Police K-9 teams are certified by and meet the standards of the Virginia Police Work Dog Association.
If you are interested in having a K-9 Presentation or Demonstration, please Contact the K-9 Unit Supervisor (select the K-9 Unit Supervisor from the form's Subject dropdown menu).