The Operations Bureau is on patrol 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The primary function of this Bureau is the protection of life and property through aggressive motorized, bicycle and foot patrols. The Bureau consists of six patrol shifts.
The patrol shifts are each assigned a permanent set of hours, either day shift, evening shift or midnight shift. Gaithersburg Police Officers are dispatched through the Montgomery County Police Communications Center in the same manner as Montgomery County Police Officers. Gaithersburg Officers are dispatched to all calls within the City when they are available to respond. If a City officer is not available, a Montgomery County officer is dispatched. In many cases both a City and County officer may respond to the same call.