|The Operations Bureau is the largest unit of the Watertown Police Department. Reporting to the Assistant Chief of Operations are four squads of uniformed patrol officers along with one squad of investigators. The Patrol Division consists of 4 Sergeants, 4 Corporals and 16 patrol officers. The Criminal Investigation Division consists of 1 Sergeant and 4 Investigators.
In addition to the Patrol Division and the Criminal Investigative Division, the Operations Bureau consists of Sex Offender Registration and Compliance, Accident Reconstruction, the Crime Scene Team, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC), the Ride Along Program, and Job Shadows.
| Tim Toomey
- Patrol Division - Our uniformed patrol officers are divided into four squads, with each squad working 12-hour shifts for 24-hour per day coverage. Each squad is supervised by a sergeant along with a corporal who also serves as an additional first-line supervisor. The patrol squads are the most visible of our police services. They respond to, and conduct preliminary investigations into, a variety of calls including traffic crashes, thefts & burglaries, medical emergencies, disturbances, and assaults.
- Criminal Investigative Division - Our investigative division consists of four plain-clothes detectives that are supervised by a sergeant. The investigators specialize in specific areas such as general crimes, sex crimes, internet crimes against children (ICAC), narcotics investigations and polygraph examinations. The investigators conduct follow-up investigations into felony and misdemeanor crimes. Sex offender registration and compliance is completed by the Operations Bureau Secretary.
- Animal Control / Community Service - Our Animal Control staff consists of one full-time employee who responds to animal related calls for service. This person also handles some parking and code violations.
- Accident Reconstruction - Crashes that occur within the city limits require the Patrol Division to conduct an investigation and complete a report. Crashes which result in serious injury or death, are investigated by the Accident Reconstruction Team. Information is gathered to determine the circumstances relating to the cause of the crash.
- Crime Scene Team - Specially trained members of the Watertown Police Department that are called upon to investigate crime scenes and gather evidence. They carry special equipment that allows them to identify evidence left at a crime scene and special equipment to collect this evidence. In many cases evidence left at a crime scene may be not visible to the naked eye, or it may be very fragile or only available for a short time. These people must quickly identify this evidence and correctly collect it as to preserve its integrity for later use or testing and also properly document their actions for later challenges in court.
- Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) - The ICAC Task Force was created to help Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies enhance their investigative responses to offenders who use the Internet, online communication systems, or computer technology to sexually exploit children. The Program is funded by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
- Ride Along Program - The Watertown Police Department offers individuals who have a genuine interest in law enforcement the chance to experience it first hand by participating in our ride-along program. Anyone interested in participating may contact the Watertown Police Department for more information. Most applicants will be allowed to participate and after a brief orientation and signing a waiver of liability will be allowed to ride along for a designated time with a police officer. If interested, complete the Ride Along Form.
- Job Shadows
Operations Bureau Secretary