Uniform Patrol Division
Uniform Patrol is comprised of four patrol teams that provide police services to the City of Graham. The primary mission of each team is to protect life, property and the prevention of crime. Uniform officers are responsible for patrolling nearly 9.71 square miles and providing effective law enforcement services to 14,048 residents.
In 2006, a Department re-organization occurred reinforcing the focus of available resources and personnel to the citizens of Graham. To achieve more balanced and uniformed coverage, the City of Graham changed from three patrol zones to four. This change has allowed for more efficient use of agency supervisory resources. Officers continue to focus their attention on their assigned geographical areas. This has resulted in officers becoming more familiar with their patrol zones, its population and crime trends. Addition benefits have been, increased officer availability during peak times and an increase in the volume of in-service training. The division is commanded by a Lieutenant.
Officers are assigned to a specific zone within the city. The assignments are made for the long term to strengthen each officer’s commitment to his or her area of the community. Field supervisors spend time interacting with their team and providing guidance with daily operations. Officers are encouraged to implement community policing techniques in cooperation with co-workers and with citizens.
Patrol Shifts: The department’s four patrol teams operate on a rotating 12 hour schedule with Continuous 24 hour coverage. Each shift consists of a sergeant, a corporal, and three patrol officers.
District Assignments: Patrol Supervisors are responsible for zone assignments for their respective shifts. Each patrol shift as a group is responsible for Community Oriented Policing Activities for their assigned section of the city. This helps facilitate enhanced communication between members of the Department and citizens. As officers become familiar with issues affecting their district, they are able to take a more proactive approach toward community policing. This is part of the Department’s commitment to community policing.
Deployment of Personnel: Having four patrol teams allows the Department the ability to deploy patrol officers more efficiently and helps reduce response times to calls for service.
Supervision: Each patrol team is supervised by a sergeant and one Corporal. This arrangement ensures that supervisors are in the field throughout the shift and keeps the Lieutenant available for administrative tasks.
Training: Officers are required to receive in-service training on a variety of topics (i.e. firearms, driver training, defensive tactics, legal updates, etc.).