The Patrol Division operates 24 hours a day to protect life and property, and responds to calls for immediate police service. Crime prevention is maintained by high visibility and availability of police personnel. Officers are responsible for many things during their work schedule. Some duties include: traffic control, pedestrian traffic, domestic disputes, traffic accidents, assault, robbery and burglary investigations, as well as evidence control. The Patrol Division enforces state criminal laws and township ordinances.
Patrols are conducted in police vehicles, on bicycles, on motorcycles, and on foot. There are four platoons, each working 12-hour shifts. Two platoons work on any given day while the other two platoons are off. The platoon officers' shifts start depending on their seniority. Senior officers work shifts which cover from 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM, and 6:00 PM – 6:00 AM. The junior officers work 6:30 AM – 6:30 PM and 6:30 PM – 6:30 AM. The sergeants work 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM and 3:00 PM – 3:00 AM. Overlaps are done to place more officers on the streets when needed and to reduce last minute assignments for officers.
Officers do many “Park & Walks” within our community. Many hours are logged at our schools with our officers doing security checks or just stopping in for lunch. Our children get the chance to speak to an officer and see that the officer is a friend, and not just what television portrays officers to be.
Officers also are responsible for follow-up investigations, accidents of all kinds, towed vehicles, abandoned vehicles, excessive speed prevention, truck inspections, special event planning and numerous other duties. Evidence Technicians are trained in the proper collection of evidence at crime scenes. We have numerous trained technicians within the patrol division.