The Patrol Division is the largest unit in the police department. It is staffed with 29 police officers covering three shifts. Officers provide day-to-day service to the citizens of Winona responding to calls for service, as well as conducting preliminary investigations and enforcing traffic laws.  The Patrol Division is overseen by Deputy Chief Eric Engrav.

Community Policing Philosophy

Since 1997, the Winona Police Department practices the Community Policing philosophy in order to build ties and form close working relationships with members of the community. This improves officers’ understanding of the community and their ability to problem-solve. Thanks to this effort, crime within the city has decreased.

Citizen Ride-Alongs

One way the Patrol Division maintains relationships is through citizen ride-alongs. Community members are encouraged to participate and application forms are available at the police department front desk.