Police officers within the Patrol Division are committed to preventing and combating crime while striving to provide quality customer service for citizens, neighborhoods, and businesses within our community of Milwaukie.
All patrol officers are highly trained and adept at responding to emergency and other calls for service. They are committed to protecting and serving the public. Individuals assigned to patrol oversee assigned districts within the city: each officer acting as the primary contact in his or her assigned area.
District assignments are rotated so each officer remains current on problem areas, school related activities, traffic complaints, and street/geography modifications or changes.
Dayshift and nightshift supervisors participate in daily operational decisions, and often assist the assigned patrol officer on the scene of police investigations.
In addition to responding to dispatched calls for service, our officers self-initiate their own police activities and contacts with citizens. Officers are committed to a proactive, preventative maintenance philosophy. Patrol officers attempt to facilitate problem solving by direct intervention, or by acting as an informational resource for our community members and others in need of assistance.
The Patrol Division is responsible for foot, vehicle, and bicycle patrol; often providing first responder medical aid to injured persons prior to arrival of fire/medical personnel; attending community meetings when the service call load allows; crime prevention education; tours of the police department; enhancing learning opportunities through classroom interaction with local students and schools; and assisting with walk-in calls for service in the lobby of the public safety building.
Within the Patrol Division, there are several specialized support-units that serve a particular need.
These include, but are not limited to School Resource Officers, Reserve Police Officers, Police Cadets, Police Records Department, Crime Analysis, Canine Handler, and Traffic Unit.