The Operations Bureau is on patrol 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The mission of this Bureau is protection of life and property, enforcement of Maryland laws and City ordinances, and to protect the rights of all people. The Bureau consists of six patrol shifts and a Community Action Team.
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. When available, Gaithersburg Officers are dispatched primary to all calls within the City. If a City officer is not available, a Montgomery County officer is dispatched. However, in many cases both a City and County officer will respond to the same call for service.
The Community Action Team (CAT) is focused on proactive activities to target crime trends or community issues. This team will develop a customized plan of action to solve a community problem or crime trend that focuses on the community’s needs and the nature of the issue. The CAT patrols the city in patrol vehicles and bicycles, and works closely with Operations Bureau officers and officers from the Special Operations Bureau to accomplish the mission.
Ride Along Program
The Ride Along Program offers citizens an opportunity to accompany a uniformed officer on patrol to experience law enforcement practices first-hand from the officer’s perspective.
The program is open to citizens 16 years of age or older.