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The Patrol Division of the Maryville Public Safety Department provides 24-hour police protection and services to the citizens of Maryville. Its Communications Center can be contacted by dialing 9-1-1 for emergencies or (660) 562-3209 for non-emergencies. The Patrol Division operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The Patrol Division is supervised by Lieutenant Deputy Director Ron Christian.  The Patrol Division is divided into three shifts: Day Shift, Afternoon Shift, and the Night Shift. Each shift is staffed by a sergeant, and five patrol officers.  The Patrol Division patrols the corporate limits of Maryville and works closely with Northwest Missouri State University Police Department, Nodaway County Sheriff’s Department, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.


Public Safety Officers Traffic Enforcement. A large portion of the Patrol Division's time is spent in traffic enforcement.  In addition to speed enforcement, patrol officers are on the lookout for other traffic violators, such as stop sign/stop light violators, general operation violators, improper registrations and/or driver's license, and seat belt violators.


Driving While Intoxicated. Intoxicated drivers are most likely to be on our roads in the evening and early morning hours. Our patrol officers have received extensive training in the detection and apprehension of individuals who violate Missouri's tough drunk-driving laws. Officers are equipped with preliminary breath testers in all marked patrol cars and have a centrally located intoxilyzer at the Maryville Public Safety Department.


Accident Investigation. The Patrol Division is responsible for the investigation of traffic accidents that occur inside the city limits. 


Criminal Investigations. The Patrol Division investigates hundreds of criminal cases a year. They range from simple misdemeanors to felonies. Thefts, assaults, suspicious activity, prowlers, burglaries, and vandalism are just a few of the types of cases routinely investigated by Public Safety Officers. Cases that require in-depth follow up are referred to the Detective Division.


Service Calls. Not all of a patrol officer's time is spent with traffic violators or criminals. Much of it is spent on service-oriented calls. A good example would be helping a motorist whose car has broken down on the street. Another service provided by the Maryville Public Safety Department is the Vacation House Check. The vacationer's house is registered with Public Safety while they are gone. A patrol officer periodically checks the security of the home until the owners return.