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The Department is segmented into three distinct functions: operations, investigations, and support services. The command staff assists Acting Chief Juliann Flaherty in the management, administration, and strategic planning for the Department. The Department maintains three divisions: The Community Services Division led by Captain James Curran, the Investigative Services and Professional Standards Division led by Captain Richard Flynn, and the Support Services and Logistics Division led by Acting Chief Juliann Flaherty.

The Community Services Division

The Community Services Division is responsible for uniformed patrol operations. This Division is tasked with effectively deploying all uniformed patrol personnel, including the Patrol Division, Community Services Officer, Canine Unit, Bicycle Unit, and Animal Control. The Patrol Division’s primary responsibility is to provide quality uniformed law enforcement services to the community. Not only does the Patrol Division answer calls for service to the community but it also performs other specific assignments. These assignments include wide-ranging quality of life issues in Arlington. These proactive assignments vary between enforcing traffic and parking laws, preserving the peace, protecting life and property, school safety, special event planning and grants coordination. Through the Crime Analysis Unit, we continue to track crime trends and patterns in the community. This is now resulting in patrol officers being deployed to specific locations to maximize police resources.

The Investigative Services & Professional Standards Division

The Investigative Services & Professional Standards Division administers the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) and the Professional Standards/Accreditation Office. The CIB is responsible for the follow up investigation of all crimes, the sex offender registry, police prosecutions at district and juvenile court, the School Resource Officer, drug task forces, family services, and code enforcement. The Professional Standards/Accreditation Office is tasked with developing policies and procedures, working to maintain State Accreditation and Certification, investigating citizen complaints, and proactively addressing issues of professional standards and accountability within the Department.

The Support Services Division

The Support Services Division is responsible for providing logistical support to all work units in the Department as well as overseeing the administrative functions. The Division is responsible for traffic, training, new officer recruitment and hiring, information systems management, firearm/hackney licensing, police scheduling, departmental fleet, building maintenance, issuance of departmental records, and E-911 dispatch functions.