The Patrol Division of the Artesia Police Department is the largest and most visible division of the agency. Officers assigned to Patrol are the city’s first line of defense, providing safety and security to the citizens of Artesia.
The Patrol Division works around the clock (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) providing trained officers that are capable of responding to any and all emergency and non-emergency calls, including:
Calls for service
Maintaining a police presence to help deter crime
Crimes in progress
Preliminary investigation of criminal activity
Traffic enforcement and investigation of traffic accidents
Maintaining public order
Identifying hazards and community concerns
Making arrests for criminal and traffic offenses, when applicable
Building relationships within the community
The Patrol Division is under the command of Larry Horrell. He oversees four rotating shifts of officers who provide seamless coverage. Each rotating shift is supervised by a Sergeant.