The Criminal Patrol Division is the largest division of the Covington Police Department. It is made up of 20 sworn officers. It provides the first line of defense for the citizens of Covington by actively patrolling residential areas and businesses. The division conducts the preliminary investigation of reported and officer-observed crimes, arrests the offenders, and serves warrants and subpoenas. While patrolling, the officers also enforces traffic laws and assists the Traffic Division with serious crashes. If any area of the city is experiencing an increase in crime, extra patrols are conducted in that area in addition to normal patrols throughout the city. Patrol officers also present testimony and evidence in court on the arrests they make. The division is broken down into four shifts, each working a twelve-hour tour of duty, two weeks of days and two weeks of nights.