The Patrol Division is part of the Field Services Bureau and is the largest division in the Fairfield Police Department. It consists of the uniformed officers assigned to patrol duties. Officers staff this division 24 hours a day / 7 days a week and perform a wide range of functions.
The uniformed officers of the patrol division are responsible for:
- Responding to calls for service: criminal complaints, motor vehicle accidents, recovery of stolen property, public assistance calls, calls for medical assistance and other incidents requiring a police response
- Preventive Patrol: Preventing incidents before they occur.
- Apprehending criminals and wanted persons
- Enforcement of Motor Vehicle laws
- Working with the public to prevent crimes
- Prisoner Control: The patrol division is responsible for monitoring all prisoners being held by the department until they are turned over to court.
The Patrol Division also consist of several specialized units such as:
- Emergency Services Unit
Comprised of officers specially trained in building searches, hostage rescue, use of specialty weapons and other tactics to be used in high risk situations. This unit is also comprised of trained hostage negotiators.
- Crisis Intervention Team
Comprised of Police Officers, Detectives and Dispatchers with special training in the recognition of, and response to, a wide variety of Mental Health and Substance Abuse issues.
- Field Training Program
The training of new officers after they complete the Connecticut Police Academy and until they have met the standards to be certified as law enforcement officers.
- Motorcycle Unit
- Bicycle Unit
- K9 Unit
Serves as a valuable tool in combating and deterring crime. It is often the determining factor in conducting a search or achieving a peaceful arrest. The canine unit may be used for building searches, tracking/searching (for missing persons, suspects or evidence), apprehension of criminal suspects, narcotic raids and searches, crowd control for violent and/or unruly crowds, handler/officer protection.
The Patrol Division utilizes different tactics and technologies to accomplish its mission. Both marked and unmarked patrol vehicles are used and all are equipped with mobile data terminals which provides links to local, state and national resources. Radar and laser speed measurement devices are available for officers to use when conducting motor vehicle enforcement. All primary patrol vehicles have Automated External Defibrillators (AED) and basic first aid supplies to assist with medical emergencies.
Captain Joshua Zabin
Captain Zabin was raised in Fairfield and joined the Fairfield Police Department in 1986. He served his first six years in the patrol division as a first responder and was then promoted to Detective where he served as an investigator focusing on burglaries, financial crimes and crimes against children.
In 2001 he was promoted to Sergeant and served in both the Patrol Division and Special Service Division where he supervised the departments DUI enforcement program and was instrumental in several traffic safety initiatives.
In 2008 he was promoted to Lieutenant and was selected as Commander of the Office of Professional Standards, tasked with conducting internal affairs investigations, policy writing and grant writing.
He currently serves as the Division Commander of the Patrol Division which operates 24 / 7 encompassing a wide range of patrol duties and community policing programs. Captain Zabin further responsible for the overall management of the K9 program and Emergency Service Unit.
Captain Zabin holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Sociology from Southern Connecticut State University.