Most likely, if you call for police assistance, a patrol officer in a black and white police car from the Uniform Division will respond. There are over 40 officers in patrol. These men and women patrol the streets 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Patrol officers work a 3/12.5 schedule, three 12.5-hour days per week with one additional 10-hour day a month. Their duties are many, including what most would consider traditional law enforcement:
- Response to emergency, in-progress crimes
- Conduct on scene investigations, including fingerprinting, photography, interviewing, and interrogation
- Write crime reports documenting incidents
- Arrest and book criminal offenders
- Stop traffic violators and warn or cite the driver
- Patrol their assigned area, checking residential and business areas for illegal activity
In addition to all these duties, patrol officers have several other responsibilities. Brea police officers work within the COPPS philosophy (Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving). Our patrol officers are assigned to specific areas for at least six months at a time.
- They are expected to get to know their area, the streets, the residents, and businesses.
- They are expected to know the criminal element and problem locations within their area.
- They are proactive and become involved in community activities and events.
- When incidents are not best solved by traditional means, patrol officers are encouraged to use unconventional problem-solving techniques such as mediation, counseling, and referral to other agencies. Solving neighborhood or community problems often requires several meetings with involved parties.
Our goal is to work with the members of our communities to make Brea a safe, enjoyable, and fun places to live, work, and play. So the next time you see a patrol officer, wave and say hi.