Police Patrolling: Backbone of Police Operations

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Luz Puentes
04/24/13
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Police patrolling

I picked police patrolling for the simple fact they are as important as any other cop in the field. Patrol remains the backbone of police operations. It consumes most of the resources of police agencies. On patrol, a police officer makes regular circuits or passes through a specific area called a beat. Officers sometimes patrol on foot but usually ride in cars. The main advantage of car patrol over foot patrol is increased efficiency of coverage. A disadvantage of car patrol is that it reduces police contacts with citizens. Studies of foot patrol indicate that these patrols are costly and do not reduce crime. They do, however, make citizens less fearful of crime and improve citizen attitudes toward the police. Patrol has three parts: answering calls, maintaining a police presence to deter crime, and probing suspicious circumstances. Of these, the second, preventive patrol is the most controversial. A presumed advantage of patrol is that police cars cruising randomly through city streets supposedly create the feeling that the police are everywhere. They face some as the same challenges that any other cop does they get injured they consistently put there life’s in danger also. I find it interesting all the things they do even though I know that there are some requirements in order to be a police officer and be assigned as an police patrolling. There are some tasks they have to take. Also some abilities I know many people think that there only job is to stop and give tickets which is WRONG they have more responsibilities than that to accomplish. While the mere presence of police in an area may not deter crime, aggressive patrol may make a difference. Proactive police operations focus on the concentration of crime in certain offenders, places, and victims. Proactive operations include using decoys, going undercover, raiding, relying on informants, stopping and frisking suspects, shadowing repeat offenders,...
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