Uniform Patrol

Captain BavaThe Uniform Patrol Division is the largest division within the police department and is considered "the backbone" of the agency.  It is headed by Captain Pete Bava, who has roughly 39 years of law enforcement service with the last 19 of those years right here in Duluth.  The Uniform Patrol Division is tasked with being first responders and initial investigators on calls from citizens. 

Currently, there are 38 officers who work  12-hour shifts, and some doing 10 hours shifts, patrolling our city.  These officers are split into four shifts.  They are on the streets 24-hours a day, 7 days a week answering a variety of calls to include traffic accidents, suspicious persons or activity, domestic dispute,  runaway juveniles, thefts, robberies and many other emergency and non-emergency calls.

Included in the Uniform Division is the Special Operations Unit: Special Operations includes K-9, Motors, and DUI enforcement s, and the new Downtown & Parks Patrol using the electric Zero Motorcycle

The goals of the Uniform Patrol Division include: the prevention and deterrence of crime by constant patrol and traffic enforcement, the apprehension of criminal suspects to ensure the safety of our civilian population, and responding to citizen calls for service and assistance.  All calls are answered by one of our officers in the Uniform Patrol Division.  We are always on duty and willing to help with any situation we can.

Capt. Bava can be contacted by calling 770-476-4151 or by emailing

The Special Operations Unit, headed by Sgt. Jill Manders, is responsible for all traffic-related issues. The unit is comprised of seven officers who handle many different types of calls including; accidents, road hazards, parking violations, traffic flow, deploying barricades for city events, monitoring areas of traffic complaints and enforcing traffic laws. The unit is made up of two electric Motor officers, two Mounted officers and four K-9 officers. Each officer has a specialty but everyone in the unit works as a team to meet the needs of the department and keep the citizens safe as they travel through the city. Although these officers are assigned to a specialized unit, they are also used as necessary to meet the needs and demands of the department so that it continues to operate as efficiently as possible.

To report non-emergency traffic concerns, please call 770-476-4151, or email