What Do We Do: The Patrol Division is comprised of Patrol Officers who handle calls for service, traffic enforcement, K-9's, our Reserve Officer Program and Animal Control.
Patrol - functions as the department’s first responders - responding to the majority of the department’s 50,000+ calls per year. These officers are responsible for conducting preventative patrols throughout the community, responding to citizen calls for service, providing immediate investigation of crimes, assisting our EMS department on emergency medical calls, promoting traffic safety, and conducting traffic crash investigations. This team of thirty-eight members serve in four Patrol Teams and provide community safety 24/7 and respond to more than 100 calls for service daily.
In addition to their daily duties, the Patrol Division contributes to other specialized initiatives within the department. Patrol Officers operate as Bicycle Patrols Officers, Field Training Officers, State Certified Instructors, Child Passenger Safety Seat Technicians, Traffic Crash Re-construction and members of the Special Response Team (SRT). Two Police K-9 units are also assigned to the Patrol Division. Each K-9 unit is assigned to two patrol teams allowing their availability for both day and night shift teams. Members of the division also serve on a number of departmental and Town committees and participate in community service events.
- Safety and security do not occur by accident, it takes a team effort. Our department cannot be successful without the help of our citizens. Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. If something seems out of place or unnatural report it. Criminals are opportunists, so secure your valuables. Vigilance is our best tool in preventing crime and improving safety for all!
Captain Stason Tyrrell graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. He has 18 years of sworn law enforcement experience and joined the Matthews Police Department in 2007. He is a graduate of the Law Enforcement Executive Program through NC State University, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, as well as numerous other specialized related training. Captain Tyrrell has served in various positions in both the Patrol Division and Support Services Division, he most recently served as the Support Services Commander over school resource, public relations, and community programs.
"I am proud to serve the men and women of MPD that have committed themselves to helping the Matthews community. I was fortunate enough to make Matthews home for my family...living here, working in my career, being connected through our schools, engaging various community organizations and partners, is truly a blessing."