Patrol officers perform community policing in its purest form by following the philosophy of the department's mission statement. Department personnel emphasize quick response, quality service, and mutual respect. The Police Department staffs a comprehensive beat system designed to spread officers throughout the city and reduce response times. Officers strive for quick response to service calls and to ensure a feeling of constant availability to the public.
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Patrol is the largest division in the police department, with officers answering calls for service 24 hours a day.
Quality service is measured by the ability to reduce the problem, the resourcefulness of the officer responding, and the effectiveness of the officer’s officer's in the long run. The goal of the department is not just to clear the call, but to eliminate the issue altogether.
The mutual respect intended is that all police actions result in an understanding that our officers hold the community’s community's safety in their hands with the utmost care and concern. The actions of the police in resolving public safety issues are always to be with the highest regard for the care and dignity of the people we serve, while upholding the law.
Services ProvidedPatrol officers are the first responders to all emergency and most nonemergency requests for traffic enforcement, crime reports, vehicle accidents, disturbance/noise issues, suspicious persons, parking, and most problems involving public safety and community caretakingcare-taking These areas include:
vandalism and graffiti
theft & burglary
Quick reaction is a valuable asset in deterring crimes and harmful activities and urges its citizens to report suspicious activity and information promptly.
The patrol division officers work a 12-hour shift. The patrol sergeant oversees the scheduling of all officers on his shift (day, relief, or night shift) and is the contact person for any question as to availability, assignment, or officers working.
Calls coming in for an officer on his day off are forwarded to the personnel on duty for quick response, unless the reporting party requests otherwise.
Community Service Officer
The Community Service Officer (CSO) is a non-sworn position in the patrol operations division that acts as a support unit for most of the non-enforcement activities in patrol. These activities include:
The CSO holds primarily a field duty position and handles a variety of other duties as assigned by the patrol sergeant such as traffic control, training, towed vehicles, and property collection and release.
CSOs work a 10-hour shift and report to the on-duty watch commander for all field assignments, along with patrol. They also are in charge of the property and evidence room at the police department and handle evidence issues such as fingerprinting, booking of evidence for court, release of evidence upon disposition of the court, and storage of found property.