|The Patrol Division is comprised of 25 police officers who are supervised by four sergeants and managed by Lt. Robert Gonsiewski. The primary duty of these officers is to respond to a large volume of 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 AM to 7 PM (day shift) and 7 PM to 7 AM (night shift). There are two day shift teams and two night shift teams. |
Within the Patrol Division, there is are officers assigned to bicycle patrol, the Traffic Unit, the Motorcycle Unit and a K-9 Unit. Bicycle patrol officers ride primarily from late spring to early fall and provide specialized patrol to various areas of the City. The Traffic Unit and Motorcycle Unit target high traffic crash and high traffic complaint areas in the City. The K-9 Unit currently consists of two German shepherds - K9 Niko handled by Ptl. Brian Donato, and K9 Yasso handled by Ptl. Darren Fate. The dogs are certified in the State of Ohio as a narcotics/utility dogs and are trained to search for illegal drugs as well as tracking, area searches, article searches, building searches, handler protection and suspect apprehensions.
Other specially trained patrol officers are members of the Summit/Portage County Metro SWAT Team. This team handles a variety of situations, ranging from riotous activity, insurrection, barricaded subjects, and execution of narcotics warrants, arrests of dangerous felons and the rescue of hostages or endangered persons. These services are provided to the City of Twinsburg as well as eighteen other departments.