Patterson Police Services
Phone: (209) 892-5071
In 1998 the City of Patterson Police Department was consolidated into the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department resulting in the formation of Patterson Police Services of the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department. On September 30, 2008, this agreement was extended for an additional five-year term, expiring in June 2013. The Department is currently in negotiation with the City and is requesting to extend the current contract on a month to month basis until the Department can return to the Board for final approval of a new contract.
Currently, Patterson Police Services provides the City of Patterson, population 21,000, with a wide range of municipal law enforcement services including, but not limited to; Administration, Patrol, Traffic Enforcement, Investigations, Records Management, Training, Recruitment, Specialized Enforcement Teams, and Citizen Volunteer Programs. The Department fields four patrol deputies during the peak hours of the day which is augmented by a four person street crimes unit which focuses on proactive approaches to crime reduction and enforcement efforts.
The Patterson City Council, through its City Manager, provides local direction and control of the Department, which allows the City to enjoy the benefits and resources of the Sheriffs Department while at the same time allowing the City to retain, in effect, its local law enforcement autonomy.
Patterson Police Services Chief
Chief Jeff Dirkse
Chief Jeff Dirkse was born in Southern California and raised in Denair. He graduated from Turlock High School in 1990 and the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY in 1994 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree. He subsequently served in the US Army as an Infantry Platoon Leader, Ranger Platoon Leader, Infantry Company Commander and most recently as a Watch Officer at Special Operations Command, Europe.
Chief Dirkse began his career in Law Enforcement in 2007 with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department. He served on Patrol and as a detective in STING (Special Team Investigating Narcotics and Gangs) and Rural Crimes. He promoted to Sergeant in 2013 and served on Patrol and in Internal Affairs. In 2015 he promoted to Lieutenant and was appointed as the Chief of Patterson Police Services.
Chief Dirkse manages the Explorer program and was a founding member of the Sheriff Department’s Mobile Field Force which assists other agencies during disasters and Search and Rescue Missions.