The Sheriff's Patrol Division is the backbone of the office. With approximately 1340 square miles to patrol in the second largest county in Alabama, this is no small task. A few other facts:
Tuscaloosa County has the most road mileage in the state.
Domestic Violence and alarm calls are the most common patrol calls.
A specific court transport unit handles the needs of the District and Circuit courts as officers of those courts.
The office is capable of land, and air patrol and is prepared for natural disasters and inclement weather via response planning.
The office operates an assigned vehicle program. This program allows vehicles to be assigned to individual deputies which permits a quick response to emergencies from their residences. This program has also proven cost effective, as the per unit maintenance cost have been reduced due to better care. The fleet includes over 75 marked units.
This division performs many functions. The foremost is to protect and serve the citizens of Tuscaloosa County. These responsibilities include the enforcement of all state and federal laws involving criminal offenses. The Patrol Division is composed of four patrol sectors that feature an enhanced resident deputy program.
Selected Traffic Enforcement is also a responsibility of the Patrol Division. This program is specifically designed to help curtail traffic related offenses. This unit is equipped with four Harley Davidson motorcycles. If you have a traffic complaint in the county, you may e-mail Chief Byron Waid.
Deputies work 12 hour shifts which run from 7 to 7. Each shift has an "A" and "B" rotation with a Sergeant and Lieutenant over each rotation. The Patrol Division is supervised by Captain John Barker.