Uniformed Services Division
Captain Jeffrey Cotton commands the Support Services Division. Captain Cotton has served in Law Enforcement since 1996, joining the Bellaire Police Department in 1998. He holds a Master Peace Officer License and is certified as a Mental Health Officer, Special Investigator, SRT operator, Crime Prevention Inspector, and Intoxilyzer Operator. Captain Cotton holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Charleston.
The Uniformed Services Division consists of the Patrol Operations, Jail Operations, and the Animal Control Officer.
Patrol Operations operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The officers in this division are generally the first to respond to calls for service. Duties performed by this division include:
- Enforcement of state and municipal laws
- Traffic enforcement
- Preliminary criminal investigations
- Accident investigations
- Assisting lost or stranded motorists
The Patrol Division works 12-hour shifts and is divided into four Squads, "A" through "D." The Patrol Division has a two-week work period consisting of two on, two off, three on, two off, two on, and three off. This schedule enables every police officer to have every other weekend off.
The department has one authorized civilian position and is responsible for the care, custody, equipping, and upkeep of the Bellaire Municipal Jail.
The Animal Control Officer is responsible for apprehending loose animals, impounding animals at large, enforcing rabies control and other related City ordinances or state laws and is responsible for enforcing dog licensing requirements.
Specialized Units support the mission of the Patrol Division.