The Patrol Division is the largest division within the Police Department. Its primary responsibility is to provide uniformed law enforcement service to the community.
Uniformed police officers are generally the first contact a citizen has with a law enforcement agency. These initial contacts will frequently leave the citizen with a lasting impression of the department and it is our intention to make that impression a positive one. Our mission is to provide the highest quality law enforcement service in the most effective and efficient manner possible.Patrol officers respond to all types of calls for service from a 911 hang up to felonious assaults with deadly weapons.
Patrol officers have to be well rounded in their abilities, both physical and mental as they have to be constantly prepared to handle anything from an interview with a child abuse victim to running after a burglary suspect at a moment’s notice.
The Coalinga Police Department has various forms of uniformed patrol. The most notable is the standard “squad car” or police vehicle. Easily distinguished as a patrol vehicle, the Coalinga Police Department vehicles encompass a classic black and white paint scheme with a police star (badge) emblem on the door. Inside the patrol car is a mobile office fully equipped with a computer, numerous report forms, pamphlets to hand out to victims, law books, first aid kits, evidence processing equipment, digital cameras and yes even stickers for the kids.
From the computer, the patrol officer is able to write his/her reports, run a vehicle registration, check a subject for warrants, and send messages back and forth to the dispatcher.
Other forms of uniformed patrol include:
Bike patrol officers are deployed during special events like the Horned Toad Derby and as an alternative mode during shift work as weather permits. Foot patrol is utilized from time to time when the need arises to concentrate on a small area with dense population such as special events or to saturate a high crime area. In 2009 the Coalinga Police Department acquired an off-road capable “Razor” which allows the department to patrol the riverbed and surrounding fields.
Traffic Safety Tips
· Don’t drink and drive. Use a designated driver if you are away from home and drinking.
· Wear your seat belt. A properly worn seat belt will lessen the severity of injury if you are involved in a collision.
· Obey speed limits. Almost half of all injury collisions occur as the result of one or both drivers driving at an unsafe speed.
· Leave early, don’t be rushed. Drivers who are rushed, or running late, oftentimes drive too fast!