The Patrol branch is the largest branch in the Police Division. The
staff includes four Patrol Sergeants and 16 Patrol Officers. Sergeants
are responsible for all activity and calls during their assigned shift.
Officers with the
Mitchell Police Division are offered extensive, on-going training that
includes accident investigation, traffic enforcement, general criminal
investigation, drug interdiction and civil matters to name a few.
The Patrol branch also
consists of a number of specialized functions. These include Boat,
Emergency Response Unit (ERU), DARE, Bike and Field Training. Although
officers generally patrol in marked police vehicles, they may also be in
a boat, on a bike or on foot.
There are four officers
on patrol 24 hours per day. In addition, officers provide security to
the community for special City functions such as sporting events, dances
held at the Corn Palace, Stampede Rodeo, and Corn Palace Festival.
The Investigative branch includes one Lieutenant, and five investigators.
This branch is responsible for the criminal investigations
of all major crimes within the City Of Mitchell. Investigators receive
specialized training in crime scene investigation, fingerprinting,
conducting interviews, photography, surveillance techniques and many
Investigators are assigned to the investigative unit from the Patrol
branch. One of the investigators is assigned to the James Valley Drug
Task Force as a full time drug investigator for a three county area that
includes Davison County, Hanson County, Sanborn County and the City of
Drug Abuse Resistance Education
The Mitchell Police Division has two officers assigned to work in the
city's schools and teach the DARE program. This program is a nationally
supported curriculum to provide education for our elementary and middle
school age children in the areas of drug and alcohol use and abuse.