A Nationally Accredited Law Enforcement Agency
The Garner Police Department is a nationally accredited law enforcement agency led by the Chief of Police, Brandon V. Zuidema. Chief Zuidema was appointed Chief of Police in December 2009 and is charged with being responsible for the overall administration and operation of the police department, reporting directly to the Town Manager. In addition to his role as Chief of Police, Chief Zuidema also serves as the Chairman of the Wake County Emergency Communications Organization (WECO), a member of the Smaller Agency Advisory Board for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), as the Second Vice-President of the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police (NCACP), and as the NCACP representative to the IACP State Association of Chiefs of Police (SACOP) Division.
The Garner Police Department has 63 sworn police officers and 11 professional staff personnel (including full-time and part-time staff) to provide law enforcement services to a town roughly 15 square miles in area with a permanent residential population of over 29,000 citizens. The Department is divided into two bureaus—the Operations Bureau and the Administration Bureau.
Captain Joe Binns serves as the Operations Bureau Captain and has responsibility for all sworn personnel assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division, the Patrol Division, and the Support Services Division.
Criminal Investigations Division
The Investigations Division is commanded by a Lieutenant and has two Sergeants, five (5) General Investigators, and three (3) Special Investigators. The five general investigators are responsible for furthering the investigation of all felony crimes including (but not limited to) murder, rape, robbery, theft, and fraud cases. The division has three special investigators that handle gang crime, drugs, and vice. The investigators employ a team approach to major crime investigations, where multiple investigators are assigned to all major crimes.
The Patrol Division is the largest section in the Operations Bureau. There are 32 sworn officers assigned to the patrol division. These officers are led by the patrol Lieutenant assigned as the division commander. The officers are divided into four platoons of seven officers. The four primary patrol platoons each have a sergeant, a platoon leader, and six police officers (one of whom is a canine handler). They work a rotating 12-hour schedule and they are the first persons to respond to all crimes, including responding to 911 calls for service and domestic disputes. All personnel assigned to the Patrol Division are responsible for taking a proactive approach to partnerships, prevention and problem solving in the Garner community.
Support Services Division
The Support Services Division is commanded by Lieutenant Mike McIver who oversees the Community Services Unit and the Traffic Safety Unit. The Community Services Unit has a Sergeant, four School Resource Officers, one Animal Control Officer, and our part-time Services Officers. The School Resource Officers (SROs) are assigned to Garner Magnet High School (2 officers), East Garner Magnet Middle School, and North Garner Middle School. The Community Services Sergeant is responsible for organizing, attending, and starting community watch programs. She also helps businesses with security audits and works with town planning to provide CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) services to new buildings and businesses in Town. The Traffic Safety Sergeant supervises the four traffic safety officers, one DWI grant funded officer, and manages the School Crossing Guard Program. The division Lieutenant is responsible for coordinating all secondary employment.
The Administration Bureau, under the command of Captain Lorie Smith, includes the Administration Lieutenant, Records Unit, Professional Standards, Personnel and Training, Internal Affairs, Property/Evidence functions, and our annual Department Reporting (bias-free policing, annual use of force summary, and others).
The Accreditation Manager is responsible for coordinating the department’s accreditation through CALEA. Our Records Manager, supervises the Records staff, coordinates payroll and has other assigned duties. The Records staff is responsible for responding to telephone and walk-in requests for service and assistance, for maintaining Department records and for tracking budgetary expenditures. The Administration Lieutenant is responsible for fleet and equipment maintenance. He supervises the Personnel and Training Sergeant who is responsible for departmental training, recruitment, and hiring. The Evidence/Property Technician is responsible for the equipment/supply for and property/evidence functions in the department. She maintains appropriate supplies officers use daily and is responsible for chain of custody and storing of all departmental evidence.