The Patrol Division is under the direction of the Patrol Captain who reports to the Chief of Police. There are four shifts in the Patrol Division, each working twelve hour shifts. Each shift has a Lieutenant, Sergeant, and six patrol officers. The Patrol Division is frequently referred to as the "backbone of the police department." These officers are the most familiar to the general public because they are responsible for the 24 hour-a-day task of responding to calls for service, preventing criminal activity, conducting preliminary criminal investigations, apprehending criminals, traffic enforcement, accident investigation and community interaction.