Patrol Division

Patrol Districts

The Patrol Division is spread out into three patrol districts, which assigns specific officers to each district. One officer is selected on a rotating basis to serve as "Team Leader" for each district. The Team Leader coordinates all specific directed functions within that district. Each Team Leader also coordinates all action requests from citizens who have special requests such as extra patrol, and other enforcement efforts aimed at increasing individual involvement by the officers.  

Crime Scene Technicians

The Crime Scene Technician programs includes patrol officers and detectives.  Crime Scene Technicians are trained in crime scene photography, latent print development and recovery, footwear evidence, recovery of biological evidence, trace evidence recovery, and basic crime scene reconstruction. 

Field Training Officers

The field training and evaluation process of any police department is a critical component of any successful police department. It ensures that the employer has sufficient opportunity to directly observe and certify that a newly hired officer has the essential job-related knowledge and skills to be an effective solo police officer. Sergeant Tracy DuChene is the coordinator of the field officer training program.  New officers are put through an extensive sixteen week, four-phase field training and evaluation period, in which they are evaluated on a daily basis in ten areas of core competency. Each newly hired officer spends time working at least one training phase during a day, evening, and night shift. Included during this period is the fourth and final phase in which the field training officer rides along in plain clothes and acts as an observer to the probationary officer. Upon successful completion of the four phase field training, new officers are certified for solo patrol duties and remain as probationary officers through their first year of employment.

Community Service Officers

The Community Service Officer (CSO) supports the efforts of the Owatonna Police Department by providing services to the community while also supporting other divisions within the police department. During the school year, three Community Service Officers are assigned to the schools.

Reserve Officer Program

The Reserve Officer program is a volunteer police service that augments the regular department when necessary.  For more information, contact Pam Roberts at (507) 774-7200 or

Chaplain Program

The purpose of the Chaplaincy Program is bring another level of police service to the community by providing immediate care and compassion to any person or family grieving the loss of life or property.  Chaplains are volunteer city employees that provide non-denomination care, spiritual guidance and counseling on an emergency call-out basis.    Chaplains have special gifts, skills, education, and experiences to assist citizens and first responders manage crisis situations; such as, loss of a loved one as a result of a medical emergency, fatality accidents, death investigations, serious personal injury, structure fires, next of kin death notifications, and line of duty death and serious injury or any other crisis in a person’s life.  The Chaplains also provide this service to all department employees and their immediate families.   Chaplains are a branch of the patrol division and each member is expected to be engaged in the agency through participation in ride-along’s, roll call briefings, in-service training sessions and many other police-community based programs.  

SCDIU Tactical Team

The Tactical Team is a law enforcement support unit, which is specifically trained and equipped to resolve critical high-risk situations. The 25 team members are selected from law enforcement agencies within Faribault, Freeborn, Steele, and Waseca counties. Each agency is responsible for equipping the assigned officer. The SCDIU Tactical Team is overseen by the SCDIU Board. This board consists of chief law enforcement officers from each of the represented agencies.