Patrol Division

Patrol Division

The Patrol Operations Division represents the largest component of the police department. The most important focus of the patrol is to respond to calls for service. Officers work under the supervision of a patrol operations commander. Patrol is comprised of four patrol teams, animal control, and a traffic unit that provides police services to the City of Graham. The primary mission of each team is to protect life, property, and the prevention of crime. Our officers have evolved out of the traditional law enforcement role and are involved in all aspects of the community; often serving as a link between residents and other city, county, or public service providers.

The department provides twenty-four-hour traditional patrol functions.  The officers in the Patrol Division are the first to respond to most calls for service.  Patrol officers respond to criminal calls, traffic accidents and other calls as required.

Patrol Shifts: The department’s four patrol teams operate on a rotating 12 hour schedule with Continuous 24 hour coverage. Each shift consists of a sergeant, a corporal, and three patrol officers.

District Assignments: Patrol Supervisors are responsible for zone assignments for their respective shifts. Each patrol shift as a group is responsible for Community Oriented Policing Activities for their assigned section of the city. This helps facilitate enhanced communication between members of the Department and citizens. As officers become familiar with issues affecting their district, they are able to take a more proactive approach toward community policing. This is part of the Department’s commitment to community policing.

Deployment of Personnel: Having four patrol teams allows the Department the ability to deploy patrol officers more efficiently and helps reduce response times to calls for service.

Supervision: Each patrol team is supervised by a sergeant and one Corporal. This arrangement ensures that supervisors are in the field throughout the shift and keeps the Lieutenant available for administrative tasks.

District Assignments

Officers are assigned to a specific zone within the city. The assignments are made for the long term to strengthen each officer’s commitment to his or her area of the community. Field supervisors spend time interacting with their team and providing guidance with daily operations. Officers are encouraged to implement community policing techniques in cooperation with co-workers and citizens.

Animal Control


Who to contact for animal control concerns in Alamance County:


LocationAgencyContactAnimal Ordinances 
BurlingtonBurlington Animal Services (336) 578-1386 City of Burlington Animal Ordinances
ElonElon Police Department (336) 584-1301 Town of Elon Animal Ordinances
Gibsonville           Gibsonville Police Department (336) 449-6677 
GrahamGraham Police Department (336) 570-6777 City of Graham Animal Ordinances
Haw RiverHaw River Police Department (336) 578-4141 Town of Haw River Ordinances
MebaneMebane Police Department                 (919) 563-9031 City of Mebane Animal Ordinances


Sheriff’s Office (336) 570-6302           

Graham Animal Control’s regular business hours are Monday -Friday 9 am to 6 pm.

Traffic Enforcement

The Graham Police Department is committed to ensuring our roadways are safe for our citizens as well as individuals traveling to or through our community.  Traffic safety is an important aspect of policing as which reduces both serious injury and/or death resulting from a motor vehicle collision and has been shown to deter other crimes as well.  The Graham Police Department utilizes a variety of traffic safety measures in conjunction with North Carolina’s Governor’s highway safety program including, Click it or ticket, Speed a little lose a lot, and Booze it and Lose it.

The Traffic Team consists of two dedicated traffic enforcement officers.  Members participate in Multi-Jurisdiction Taskforce campaigns, DWI checkpoints, and other traffic-related programs. Members attend many hours of specialized training in Crash Investigation, Child Passenger Safety & Speed Enforcement.  

Join Our Team

The Graham Police Department is actively recruiting new people to join our team. A police position means adventure, outdoor work, security, prestige, job satisfaction, professional training and advancement opportunities. These are some of the many advantages available to an officer with the Graham Police Department, a nationally accredited department, widely recognized as one of the finest law enforcement organizations in the southeast.

The primary responsibility of every Police Officer is the protection of life and property and by virtue of his or her position; he or she fills a vital role in the well being of the community. While effective police techniques and modern equipment are more important factors in the continuing struggle against crime, the driving force in crime suppression is the individual police officer. 

For more information about becoming a GPD officer click Join the Force below to be redirected to our Support Services division page where you will find details about recruitment and training.