The Patrol Division makes up the largest segment of the Brighton Police Department organization. At present, 30 of the 40 members of the Police Department are assigned to this most important function. The community's first contact with any member of the Police Department is generally through a member of the road patrol, since they are responsible for the initial response to calls for service received through the 9-1-1 Center.
Other contacts come through various community events, such as Town sponsored 4th of July festivities, neighborhood parades and block parties, and other various requested appearances. This division of the Police Department maintains a presence in the community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is always prepared to provide service, regardless of conditions or nature of incident, each and every day.
The commanding officer of the Patrol Division is Deputy Chief Michael DeSain. Deputy Chief DeSain oversees the entire Road Patrol and answers directly to the Chief of Police in the organizational structure of the Police Department. Included under the operations of the Patrol Division are various community events such as the annual Bike Rodeo, Road Races, STOP-DWI, S.T.E.P. & B.U.N.Y. Enforcement Efforts, S.M.A.R.T. unit as well overseeing and supervising the School Crossing Guards and Animal Control officers.
The Road Patrol is divided into three shifts, or platoons, and each platoon has supervisors assigned to oversee the daily function and performance of their respective shifts. Each platoon has certain tasks inherent to their hours of operation, and combined for 2022, these officers responded to 59,027 calls for service.