Role of a Patrol Officer

The Patrol Force is the backbone and action arm of the Police Department. Its field functions are multiple. They include response to calls for service, which may entail a wide spectrum of needs and problematic situations. It has been said that a good patrol officer combines the knowledge and qualities of an investigator, physician, lawyer, social worker, and family friend.

The patrol officer function has evolved from a reactive or response mode to proactive. The officer must be knowledgeable and prepared to be the prime component of community-oriented law enforcement. Assessment of needs and the ability to be a dynamic problem solver are within the patrol officer's range of duties and responsibilities.

Patrol job performance requirements and demands have increased as law enforcement deals with a wide range of drug, alcohol, or substance abuse problems and corollary issues.

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    Brandon Clark

    Operations Lieutenant



    Show Low Police Department

    411 E. Deuce of Clubs
     Show Low, AZ 85901
    Ph: 928-537-5091, ext.232

    Fx: 928-537-8346

    Non-Emergency: 928-537-4365

    Emergency: 911

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