The Patrol Division is the largest part of the Artesia Police Department. The staff were dispatched to over 29,000 calls for service last year.  Officers are generally the first help that arrives in an emergency and are in your neighborhoods 24 hours a day, every day of the year and are the first line of defense against crime.
The Patrol Division is under the command of Pete J. Quinones.  Commander Quinones has been with the department for 12 years moving up through the ranks of Patrol Officer, Corporal, Sergeant to the command level.  He oversees four rotating shifts of officers who provide seamless coverage.  Each rotating shift is supervised by a sergeant.