Bureau Commander: Captain Eric Corder
The uniformed patrol officer is the backbone of the Huntington Police Department. Patrol officers are typically the first point of contact with the public. The core function of the Patrol Bureau is crime suppression and prevention through uniform presence and response to E911 calls for service.
The Patrol Bureau also serves as the training and proving ground for new police officers. Upon completion of the West Virginia State Police Academy, probationary police officers (PPOs) must successfully complete a comprehensive 12 week field training program. Each PPO is instructed, evaluated and mentored by very talented, hand selected training officers.
The K-9 Unit’s primary responsibility is the support of patrol operations and drug enforcement activities. Two of the K-9 officers are credentialed, allowing them to assist other local, state and federal law enforcement authorities in the area. The unit currently has five certified K-9 handlers and five dogs, four being dual-purpose tracking/apprehension and narcotics detection and one being a single purpose tracking bloodhound.
The HPD Maritime Patrol Unit was formed in April of 2013 and the Isaac H. Mitchell Patrol Boat was launched in May of 2013. This units responsibilities include providing search and rescue response along the Ohio and Guyandotte Rivers, enforcement of State of WV maritime laws, and to provide support during special events along the Riverfront.