The patrol division is the backbone of the police department. Patrol officers respond to the community’s calls for service, enforce traffic and criminal laws, address community needs and initiate actions based on their own observations.
The patrol division will operate on the community-policing model in which input from the community is vital to determining policing strategies. Officers may attend community meetings to interact with the residents and address their concerns regarding law enforcement.
The patrol division provides the initial response to calls for service from the public. Patrol officers are responsible for the prevention of crime, enforcement of all laws, the arrest and prosecution of criminals and the protection of life and property.
The patrol division is also responsible for traffic and crowd control at all the major parades and special events in the community.
In addition to daily patrol functions, the officers must also frequently attend municipal and district court for misdemeanor and felony cases.