Patrol is the foundation of police work. Its importance to the community cannot be overstated. The uniformed officer is frequently the most visible component of the department. Major emphasis is placed on the deployment of personnel allocating patrol presence to the entire town 24 hours per day.
The functions and objectives of the Patrol Division are:
Crime prevention activities
Response to calls for service
Preliminary investigations of crimes and incidents
Arrests and processing of prisoners
Traffic direction and control
Traffic accident investigation
Maintenance of public order
Provisions of emergency services
Development of positive relationships between citizens and the department
Reporting of information to appropriate organizational components
Patrol officers always try to maintain a close relationship with the community and foster a positive police-community relationship.
The patrol division is staffed by a First Sergeant, 4 sergeants, and 25 patrol officers, which includes one canine officer.