Field Operations Division Commander: Major W. Hensley
The Field Operations Division encompasses all of the duties that take place out in the field by uniformed officers who function in a first responder capacity. This Division is under the direction of Major William Hensley, and is organized into four Teams; Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta.
Uniformed officers assigned to the Field Operations Division have the primary purposes of responding to calls for service from citizens and providing preventive patrol for all areas of the city. The calls for service handled by the officers are generated by emergency 9-1-1 calls from citizens and from actions initiated by the officers themselves. The first responding officer to a 9-1-1 call is usually from the Field Operations Division.
A uniformed police officer is the most recognizable image of law enforcement in America, and is the backbone of any police department. Officers assigned to the Field Operations Division are responsible for specific geographic “beats” of the city. These beat areas are the foundation for the department's district policing system. Officers work a specific geographic section (Beat) over a fixed time-frame during specific days (Shift). Ashland has 28 officers assigned to Field Operations along with 8 supervisors, ensuring peace and order in Ashland over a 24-hour period, seven days a week.