The Covington Police Department is separated into three main divisions: Patrol, Criminal Investigations, and Support Services.
The Patrol Division is divided into four, 12 hour shifts with Officers assigned to one of four geographic areas, or “zones”, within the city of Covington. The division is responsible for patrolling the streets of Covington, responding to all 911 calls for service and enforcing criminal and traffic law within the city. The Patrol Division responds to an average of 31,000 calls every year (that’s an average of the last 15 years of calls for service). The Patrol Division generates incident reports from calls for service that are forwarded to the Criminal Investigative Division; traffic reports are sent to the Support Services/Community Outreach Division to be adjudicated in Municipal Court. The Patrol Division also encompasses the Specialized Patrol Unit, that is responsible for problem-oriented crime reduction, investigative surveillance, and covert operations, and the Office of Compliance, that is responsible for enforcing city ordinances pertaining to alcohol permits and sales, golf cart permit approval, and coordination of special events such as the Fuzz Run, Scare on the Square, July 4th Fireworks event, and the Firehouse 5k.
The Criminal Investigative Division is responsible for the investigation and follow-up of crimes committed against persons or property in the City of Covington. These incidents include property crimes from minor theft and shoplifting, and persons crimes such as child molestation, rape and murder. CID case files are then forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for adjudication.
The Support Services/Community Outreach Division oversees our front desk customer service representatives who assist citizens around the clock that come to the police department for a variety of needs. This includes offering copies of accident and incident reports, running criminal histories for Officers and the public, and taking payment for fines. This division is also responsible for accreditation, certification, training, and research.
The Municipal Court is the judicial branch of the city government. Municipal Court Judge M. Qader A. Baig, appointed by the Covington City Council, oversees the Court’s operations. The majority of cases heard in Municipal Court are traffic infractions. This court does not handle civil or small claims cases.
The Covington Police Department’s Emergency Services Unit (ESU) was formed in 2015 to more effectively address certain situations which may require the use of special weapons, equipment and training to resolve. This unit consists of twelve members including a team commander, team leader and two assistant team leaders. Team members work in various assignments throughout the department including Patrol and Investigations. All team members always keep their assigned equipment with them in their vehicles. With this structure, there are usually several team members working together at any given time allowing for these members to be on the scene of a situation requiring ESU quickly. This allows many situations to be resolved quickly and possibly without the activation of the entire team. Team members are required to maintain good physical shape and are test-ed twice a year by the police department’s physical fitness standards. Any member not passing every portion of the physical fit-ness test will be placed on suspension pending retest. Failure to pass the retest would result in dismissal from the team. To establish the unit as more versatile, ESU team members continuously receive additional training including search and rescue. The ultimate goal is to have a team which can perform a variety of duties in addition to tactical response, as we continue to utilize our resources for the citizens of Covington.