The Patrol Section is comprised of uniformed police officers often referred to as the "backbone" of a police department. Its fundamental responsibilities include handling all emergencies, daily service calls and insuring public safety seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. The East Brunswick Police Department's Patrol Section handles these tasks while maintaining the distinctive philosophy of proactive policing. Mobile patrols are highly visible and target specific problems or criminal trends within the boundaries of the Township. This analytical style of policing is efficient and results in the preservation of the high quality of life that the residents and businesses of East Brunswick have grown to expect.
The Patrol Section is structured with three platoons of uniformed officers. Each platoon is comprised of supervisors, a contingent of patrolmen, and communication dispatchers. The number of patrolmen and dispatchers vary depending on the workload of the particular shift.
The Patrol Section follows a strict chain-of-command.
Operations Division Commander: Captain Drew Walsh
Captain Drew Walsh was hired as a Patrolman in July of 1998 upon graduating from the Gloucester County Police Academy. In 2011, Captain Walsh was transferred to the Project 18 Community Policing Unit in the Administration Division. He served in the Community Policing Unit until his promotion to Sergeant in May of 2013. Captain Walsh served as a Sergeant in the Patrol Division until his promotion to the rank of Lieutenant in September of 2017. Captain Walsh served as a Lieutenant in the Patrol Division until his promotion to the rank of Captain.
Captain Walsh was twice elected State Delegate for East Brunswick Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local #145 and elected twice as the State Delegate for East Brunswick Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #98. He currently serves as the liaison between the East Brunswick Policemen’s Benevolent Association Superior Officer Association Local #145A and the New Jersey State PBA. Captain Walsh has also served as a Field Training Officer. Captain Walsh has received several Letters of Commendation.