The Patrol Division is the backbone of the Oakland Police Department. It is the largest and most visible component of our Police Department. Patrol officers perform a myriad of duties, all geared toward the prevention of crime and the proper investigation of incidents that do occur. Providing a high level of service to the residents of Oakland is a primary objective of everyone assigned to the Patrol Division.
The responsibilities of the Patrol Division include the following:
Preservation of the peace, protection of life and property and crime prevention
Enforcement of all state laws and town ordinances
The preliminary investigation of all crimes and significant events
Traffic enforcement and education
Traffic crash investigations
Participate in community and school events
Business and residential checks
Assist other Town Departments such as Fire-Rescue and Code Enforcement
Providing information and other assistance to residents and visitors
The Patrol Unit consists of two squads covering four shifts. The squads are supplemented by paid part time reserve officers when needed.