The patrol division is that part of the police department that people are most familiar with. These are the men and women who, dressed in the familiar uniforms of the Frankfort Police Department, are seen driving the marked police cars, answering the first calls for assistance from citizens, and representing the City of Frankfort. The men and women of the Operations Division seek to deliver the best service possible by achieving the following goals that are considered acceptable for police service.
Deterrence & Prevention
Deterrence involves activities that are intended to influence the perceptions of potential criminals as to the likelihood of apprehension. Prevention is aimed at making criminal activity more difficult regardless of the perceived odds of apprehension. It is generally assumed that the conspicuous use of patrol units projects an image of police preparedness, efficiency, and omnipresence that discourages would-be criminals. Higher levels of patrol visibility bring about higher levels of deterrence.
When deterrence fails to prevent crime, patrol is responsible for apprehending the offender. Quick and efficient performance of the task is generally assumed to contribute to improved levels of deterrence.
Non-Criminal Related Services
Performance of these type services (sick-injury calls, rescue services, reporting repairs of public property and utilities, taking reports for insurance purposes only, etc.) is another patrol function. The tendency of the public to call the police when unable to think of where else to turn and the fact that the police are often the only available source of help is the primary reason that these types of services are provided by police departments.
Sense of Community Security & Satisfaction
It is normally acknowledged that effective attainment of deterrence, apprehension and non-crime related service activity should result in high levels of perceived community security and satisfaction with police activities.
Recovery of Stolen Property
The recovery of stolen property loses much of its significance unless the items can be returned promptly to the owner. Citizens need to use crime prevention services to learn how to make their property easier to recover in the event that it is stolen.
The purpose of mobile patrol is to maximize police visibility within an assigned district, thereby providing a deterrent to criminal activity.
The purpose of foot patrol is to increase officer visibility, thereby increasing the deterrent effect of patrol. Increased visibility in offices and living areas not only provides a sense of security for the occupants and residents, but also provides a high level of officer-citizen contact, which results in satisfaction with police. Foot patrols also maximize an officer's knowledge about particular areas and when coordinated with vehicular patrol in a given district, it provides the most comprehensive and effective coverage of an area.
The purpose of the Bike Patrol is to maximize police visibility and mobility within a given area. The utilization of bikes by police officers increases visibility in assigned areas and provides a higher level of officer community contact that results in increased citizen security satisfaction. Bikes maximize the area that can be covered effectively. Bikes provide another means of comprehensive and effective area coverage.
The purpose of Segway patrols is that they provide a unique opportunity for officers to interact with citizens. The segways are able to maneuver in small or crowded areas and assist officers in making a timely response in those type settings. The segway also provides stealth and may be used to target specific crime trends.
In some operations targeting crime and criminals within our jurisdiction, there is a need for a highly trained team with capabilities beyond those of the street patrol officer. The Tactical Response Unit (TRU) is comprised of officers and command from the Department who have undergone intense selection and training to handle a variety of special situations. These may include high-risk containment, control and neutralization operations against hostage takers, barricaded subjects, drug dealers and other situations in which the adversary is more highly armed and dangerous than the typical suspect encountered by the patrol officer. Contrary to the perception created by the media, the TRU's primary responsibility is the protection of both fellow officers and innocent persons who have been involved in extraordinary circumstances. The TRU is commanded by Captain Rob Richardson.