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The Patrol Division is responsible for prompt, competent response in all emergency situations as well as effective first response and follow-up investigation of all criminal and traffic violations.

A total of 11 uniformed Corporals and Officers are assigned to the division. Three teams, each led by a Sergeant, rotate monthly to provide 24-hour coverage. In addition, patrol division officers have further assignments such as the Community School Resource Officer Program, Mt. Bike Patrol Unit, Emergency Response Team, Drug Enforcement Team, and Death Investigation Team.

SERVICES

  • Community School Resource Officer
  • Mountain Bike Patrol Unit
  • Officer Friendly

Community School Resource Officers: The Community School Officer project is a community-oriented policing program which treats the local High School as a distinct neighborhood with a police officer assigned to the school "beat." It is a cooperative effort on the part of the police department and the school district to make the police officer more available and responsive to the "community" of the school population. The officer is also there to help prevent problems, which detract from the school's primary goal of educating youth.
The project has six main objectives:

  • Assistance and support to students and faculty during times of stress and crisis
  • Education of youth regarding the role of laws, courts, and the police in society
  • A safe environment for youth in the school with protection from trespassers
  • Prevention of crime and delinquent behavior in the school
  • Investigation of criminal cases involving juveniles and use of effective alternatives to charges whenever possible
  • Officer Friendly Program: Uniformed officers make personal appearances at the elementary schools to promote safety with the students. The children are given the opportunity to sit in a police car and are provided age appropriate material pertaining to safety issues for children.

Mt. Bike Patrol Unit: In 1988, Seattle Police Officer Paul Grady and his partner rolled out of Police Headquarters in downtown Seattle on their Raleigh Mountain Bikes to begin the first police mountain bike patrol. In 1990, Sergeant Grady came to Ketchikan to train the first mountain bike patrol unit in the State of Alaska, the team of the Ketchikan Police Department. Six of the original eight members of Ketchikan's unit rode Raleigh Instincts that they had purchased themselves.

Since the unit began in 1990, each member has personally purchased his or her own bicycle as well as most of the other specialized equipment required for the unit. The only equipment purchased with tax dollars has been helmets, tires, and equipment.

 

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