Mobile road patrol is the primary activity of the Sheriff's Office uniformed force. This unit provides full-time police service to the residents of the County on a twenty-four (24) hour a day, seven (7) days a week basis. The Patrol Unit has the responsibility of prevention and detection of crimes, protection of life and property, investigation and apprehension of criminals and traffic enforcement within Madison County. The Patrol Units are assigned to shifts and are scheduled in a manner to offer optimum services during known high call volume times. In addition, several Deputies are assigned to augmented shifts throughout the week and during special events to enhance services and to help compensate for increased calls for service during peak times of criminal activity.
The Patrol areas are divided into four (4) zones which encompass all townships within the 658 miles of Madison County. During 2015, the Patrol Unit investigated 10,851 incidents or calls for service. Patrol officers made a total of 500 arrests for vehicle and traffic violations. Some of the calls for service and emergency include:
Patrol units also assist other police agencies within the county.