The Operations Command includes three divisions led by two Captains: Precinct 1 and Precinct 2 and Special Operations. These divisions compose the majority of sworn personnel on the Department. The Special Operations Division includes the Traffic Unit, the Motor Carrier Unit, School Resource Officers, Marine Patrol, Search and Rescue, Auxiliary Unit, and K-9 Unit. Additionally Operations Command oversees the Department’s Dive and Mobile Field Force Teams.
Major Patterson joined the Suffolk Police Department in 1994. Throughout his career he has worked various areas of the department to include Uniform Patrol, Investigations, and Administration. Major Patterson earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Governmental Administration from Christopher Newport University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Troy University. Major Patterson is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy 240th Session, the 29th Session of the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation's Professional Executive Leadership School and the Senior Management Institute for Police.