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The Operations Division consists of Patrol, School Resource Officers, Fleet Management, and Special Operations.

DSC_0100a.jpg Patrol is divided into 4 teams, each deployed on 12-hour shifts. This consists of two day shift teams (A & B) and two night shifts teams (A & B). A sergeant or corporal supervises officers assigned to each team. Patrol is typically the first line of contact the public has with the police department. Officers perform their duties utilizing cars, bicycles, golf cart, and foot patrol. Patrol has an authorized staff of 4 sergeants, 1 corporal, and 17 patrol officers.
Patrol provides 24-hour response to calls for police service, conducts preventive patrols, enforces traffic laws, conducts preliminary investigations into criminal activity, arrests criminal offenders, and seeks proactive interactions with citizens and groups.

School Resource Officer
The Belton Police Department has partnered with the Belton Independent School District (BISD) to place full-time, certified peace officers on BISD campuses. This collaboration is funded by BISD paying 10 months salary and benefits for full-time Belton officers and the City of Belton providing the remaining two months salary.

The goal of the SRO program is to deter distractions in the learning environment so teachers can teach and students can learn.

Reserve Police Officers
The Reserve Program is comprised of men and women who aspire to be police officers. They must meet the same qualifications of an entry-level officer and have either a reserve license or regular license from the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement Standards and Education. They are fully commissioned with the same authority of a police officer, while on duty. They are required to work 16 hours per month, attend training and maintain proficiency in firearms, defensive tactics and patrol procedures. They work by assignment with regular officers and are frequently used as patrol officers, supplementing shift shortages.

Special Operations Unit
Murray.Chico.jpg The goal of the Special Operations Unit (SOU) is to enhance police operations through proactive strategies to reduce crime, improve traffic safety, supplement patrol, and visibly illustrate the department’s commitment to Community Policing. This is accomplished with the following strategies:
  • Proactive team response to crime trends.
  • Accident reduction through proactive traffic enforcement and education.
  • Deterring crime by high visibility of marked police patrol.
  • Crime prevention by actively promoting crime prevention programs.
  • Provide additional resources to patrol operations by adding additional officers during peak hours.
  • A dedicated team that can represent the department at community events, recruitment opportunities, and promote the Community Policing philosophy of the department both internally and externally.

SOU is part of the Patrol Division and staffed with a supervisor, K-9 team, patrol officer, and the School Resource Officers when school is out.
Mike Rhoden
Deputy Chief
711 East 2nd Avenue
P.O. Box 120
Belton, TX  76513

Ph: 254-933-5840
Fx: 254-933-5835