Patrol Operations provides police patrol services 24-hours a day, 7-days a week and is the most visible representation of the Police Department. Officers respond to calls for service, enforce the laws, conduct proactive crime prevention, and serve the citizens of the City in a variety of ways. Traffic is a high priority in Palm Beach Gardens, and the Uniform Operations Bureau conducts traffic enforcement, with a special focus on key accident and high volume locations, as well as efforts to deter impaired and aggressive drivers. Uniform Operations also includes our K-9 Unit which consists of four handlers and their canine "partners." Officers are committed to working with the community to preserve an outstanding quality of life through education, partnerships, and enforcement. We believe in Respect, Accountability, and Professionalism and realize that a contact with a citizen may be the only experience that they have ever had with a police officer. Therefore, we are dedicated to setting the standard for our profession by being "Committed to Professional Excellence."
Major Martin K. Bechtel began his law enforcement career with the Florida Highway Patrol in 1982. He became a member of the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office in 1986 and served there until retirement in 2016. During his 30-year career with the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office he worked and trained several police dogs, was a Road Patrol Sergeant, Canine Unit Sergeant, Watch Commander, District Commander and Commander of the Special Operations Division which was comprised of several specialty units including Canine, SWAT, Bomb Squad, Marine, Aviation, Intel, Emergency Field Force and Mounted.
Currently, Major Bechtel is assigned to the Patrol Operations Bureau and oversees the officers working in Patrol, Traffic, Canine and SWAT. He earned a Master of Public Administration Degree from Barry University and is a graduate of the 251st Session at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.