The county is divided in specific zones based upon several factors including total area of coverage, response times, population density, calls for service, etc. This criteria is routinely evaluated to ensure optimal response times and sufficient staffing.
Officers rotate zone coverage to ensure familiarity with all geographical areas within Dawson County. Each shift is comprised of one sergeant, one corporal, and officers. The corporal serves as shift supervisor in the absence of the sergeant. The corporal also serves as a field training officer who is tasked with responsibility of training new members of the Uniform Patrol Component.