Dispatch / Communications

Our Dispatch Center is operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is the answering point for all 9-1-1 calls in Ottawa County as well as the dispatch center for several other communities for police, fire, and ambulance. Our duties include telephone communications, radio dispatch, and operating the law enforcement teletype computer. The teletype is used to access information for law enforcement officers to use such as drivers license information, vehicle registration and to check if a vehicle is stolen, or if a person may be wanted by the police. Our job, primarily, is to receive calls for assistance, and then relay the information given to us to the appropriate service for response.

Detective Division

The Detective Division is comprised of five detectives. Three detectives are assigned to day shift, one to evening shift, and the fifth investigates drug crimes. The detectives have a scheduled rotation to provide coverage during off hours.

Patrol Division

The Miami Police Department refers to its Patrol Division as the "Operations Division." Operations is the primary provider of police services for the residents of Miami. It deploys 21 officers to approximately 9.71 square miles of the city on a 24-hour basis. Operations personnel are prepared to respond to both emergency and non-emergency calls for service in each of the city's patrol districts. The patrol area is comprised of four districts. The division is commanded by a police captain and each shift is supervised by a police sergeant and corporal.


The records clerk has the responsibility of accurately processing and maintaining all departmental reports (i.e., traffic citations, offense complaints, accident reports to allow for easy access and review). The clerk must assure the safety and confidentiality of all law enforcement records. The records clerk also assists the public and other agencies in obtaining copies of the proper reports they request to see. The clerk also maintains accurate Uniform Crime Report (UCR) records that are sent in to the State of Oklahoma by keeping totals and types of crimes committed within the police department's jurisdiction.