The Patrol Division, the largest division in the Twinsburg Police Department, is under the command of Lt. Thomas Mason. Lt. Mason manages 4 patrol sergeants and 20 patrol officers. The primary duty of these officers is to respond to calls for service that range from life-threatening to service-oriented in nature. The Patrol Division also provides proactive law enforcement services including traffic enforcement and traffic crash prevention activities.
Currently, the Patrol Division operates on 12-hour shifts that run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (day shift) and 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. (night shift). There are 2 day shift teams and 2 night shift teams. Officers assigned to the Patrol Division receive a minimum of 40 hours of advanced training each year in areas such as firearms, search and seizure, rapid response tactics, driving, and legal updates.
Within the Patrol Division, one officer is assigned to the K-9 Unit. The K-9 Unit currently consists of a German shepherd, K9 Yasso, handled by Patrolman Yamil Encarnacion. K9 Yasso is certified in the State of Ohio as a narcotics / utility dog and is trained to search for illegal drugs as well as tracking, area searches, article searches, building searches, handler protection, and suspect apprehensions.
Various members of the Patrol Division serve part-time on Metro SWAT, a multijurisdictional special weapons and tactics team consisting of highly-trained officers from departments located in Summit and Portage Counties
Violent Fugitive Task Force
Some members are assigned part-time to the Akron Division of the United States Marshall Service Violent Fugitive Task Force, a unit consisting of local, state, and federal law enforcement officers who are responsible for locating and apprehending violent offenders and fugitives wanted by law enforcement.
Summit Metro Crash Response Team
Other members are part of the Summit Metro Crash Response Team (SMCRT) who investigate fatal and serious injury traffic crashes within member agency jurisdictions.