The Patrol Division of the Lake Charles Police Department is the oldest, largest and most visible unit of the department. The basic mission of the Patrol Division is to protect the lives and property of citizens while maintaining a sense of well-being within the community. The Patrol Division Officers are assigned to a specific area, known as a "beat," and are responsible for attending to citizen needs, hazards, suspicious activity, traffic violations and signs of criminal activity in that area.

Patrol officers are the first to respond to calls for help by citizens; therefore, these officers must be trained in all fields of law enforcement, including basic knowledge in other specialized fields such as identification, investigation, and communications.

The men and women of patrol are trained to respond quickly, assessing and managing all levels of police-related incidents, and are skilled in problem solving techniques to address any neighborhood or business concern.