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Uniform Patrol Division

The Uniform Patrol Division (UPD) is the largest division of the Milton Police Department, and Captain Charles Barstow is responsible for its day-to-day operations.

Barstow began his career with the Milton Police Department in 2007 as patrol officer and was promoted to sergeant in 2008. In 2010, he was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) and, in 2012, he was promoted to CID lieutenant.   

Barstow began his law enforcement career in 1994 with the DeKalb County Police Department as a uniformed patrol officer.

While working at the DeKalb County Police Department, Barstow spent the majority of his career in the Uniform Division. He also served with their criminal investigations division and as a training instructor for the department.

Barstow worked his way through the ranks, with his final appointment being a master police officer in the uniform patrol division. 

Barstow graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion. He obtained his police management certification in 2014 from Columbus State University and his supervisory and management certifications through the Peace Officers Standards and Training Council in 2014.

UPD is comprised of two lieutenants, six sergeants and 21 police officers. Its primary responsibility is to answer calls for service, provide traffic safety enforcement and provide proactive community patrols.

There are two shifts: day watch and morning watch. Officers assigned to these watches work 12-hour shifts, from either 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Lt. Chris Ward commands day watch, while Lt. James Hickerson commands morning watch.

UPD responds to approximately 10,000 calls for service each year.

Staff Contacts

Name Position Contact
Charles Barstow Captain - Uniform Patrol Division
Chad Taylor Lieutenant - Uniform Patrol Division
Christopher Ward Lieutenant - Uniform Patrol Division