The Operations Division is an intricate part of the department headed up by Captain Tracy Talkington. The Operations Division provides around the clock services to the community. Officers working in Operations consist of patrol, traffic, mounted patrol, K-9, bike patrol and SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics).
The patrol section is the backbone of the Keller Police Department. Patrol work helps to keep the lines of communication open between the department and the community. Each officer assigned to patrol works a designated sector so they can learn the businesses, the neighborhoods and the people making up the neighborhoods. The City of Keller and the Town of Westlake are divided up into 5 sectors. There are 4 sergeants, 4 corporals and 30 police officers assigned to patrol.
The shift information for patrol is listed below:
Days/Blue (7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) Days off vary
Days/Gold (7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) Days off vary
Nights/Blue (7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) Days off vary
Nights/Gold (7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) Days off vary
The traffic section is specifically intended to work traffic enforcement, including accident investigation and reconstruction, traffic statistics (citations, accidents, vehicle counts) and speed box placement in strategic locations. Four officers are assigned to traffic. They utilize two Harley Davidson police motorcycles and two police patrol units. One additional officer is assigned to traffic is in a professional development position and remains for one year.
Mounted patrol, bike patrol and SWAT are specialized units within the operations division and are not full-time positions. Officers from different divisions make up these units. In order to be a part of these teams, advanced training, preparation and a strong work ethic are paramount. Testing is required to be considered for these positions and not all that test will make it.
The canine officer for the police department is Officer Joe Salvato.