The Patrol Bureau is the uniform division of the Romulus Police Department. The Patrol Bureau consists of three platoons, each working an eight-hour shift. A Lieutenant, who is the Shift Commander, heads each platoon. One Sergeant assists the Lieutenant in the day-to-day operations. There are a number of officers, along with dispatchers, assigned to each shift.
The Officers assigned to this bureau have general law enforcement duties including maintaining regular patrols, responding to calls for service, business patrols, residential patrols, and the apprehension of criminals. They may direct traffic at the scene of an accident, investigate a burglary, or give aid to injured victims. They are also responsible for assisting citizens with criminal complaints, deterring crime in the city, and monitoring the roads and highways for traffic violations. These officers oversee activities in the city by patrolling neighborhoods and streets and responding to citizens in need of help.
The patrol bureau of the police department has officers working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in order to be able to handle calls for assistance. Citizens that may need the assistance of other bureaus within the police department are handled during regular working hours. All emergency 911 calls are received in the dispatch center, located in the patrol bureau, and are immediately handled by the police or fire department. In 2016 the patrol bureau answered 24,747 emergency 911 calls for service.