The purpose of this policy is to define the functions of the patrol unit of the Department to ensure intra-department cooperation and information sharing.
Officers will generally patrol in clearly marked vehicles, patrol assigned jurisdictional areas of Forest Grove Police Department, respond to citizen calls for assistance, act as a deterrent to crime, enforce local ordinances as well as state laws, and respond to emergencies 24 hours per day seven days per week.
Patrol will generally provide the following services within the limits of available resources:
Patrol that is directed at the prevention of criminal acts, traffic violations and collisions, the maintenance of public order, and the discovery of hazardous situations or conditions
Crime prevention activities such as residential inspections, business inspections, community presentations, etc.
Calls for service, both routine and emergency in nature
Investigation of both criminal and non-criminal acts
The apprehension of criminal offenders
Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving activities such as citizen assists and individual citizen contacts of a positive nature
The sharing of information between the Patrol and other divisions within the Department, as well as other outside governmental agencies
The application of resources to specific problems or situations within the community, which may be improved or resolved by Community Oriented Policing and problem solving strategies