Material for a 12-hour lesson, part of the 20-week Basic Training Course, developed by the Kosovo Police Service School.
The patrol function is a very important aspect of law enforcement. Officers on patrol are the public’s first line of defense against the criminal, man-made hazards, the ravages of nature, and each another. Patrol officers are constantly in the public eye, therefore they must always set a good example. When a police officer is seen as slacking in his/her duty or acting in a belligerent or an abusive manner, the citizen’s attitude and respect for both the police and the current government is significantly lowered. This lesson will provide an overview of the patrol officer’s responsibilities and tasks. It will also provide an introduction to the most effective tools a patrol officer can have – the radio and a map.
The goal of this lesson is to familiarise students with the purposes of police patrol and the patrol officer’s responsibilities. Students will also be provided with an overview of patrol officer responsibilities, including the proper use of the radio and map reading techniques.
At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to:
- List four (4) patrol objectives KPS officers should keep in mind based on the lesson.
- Identify at least four (4) responsibilities of the patrol officer within each of the following areas: general responsibilities; courtesy service responsibilities; personal responsibilities according to the exact order and chain of command.
- List the four (4) disadvantages of patrolling in a vehicle as described in the lesson.
- Identify at least three (3) sources of information within a given patrol area for effective patrol work according to the lesson.
- List at least five (5) means by which patrol officers can prevent crime while on patrol as stated in the lesson.
- List five (5) responsibilities officers have for the patrol vehicle as taught in class.
- List at least five (5) circumstances when communications with the “control center” is essential according to the lesson.
- List the four (4) main features of the two-way radio based in the lesson.
- List the nine (9) steps for transmitting a radio message as described in the lesson.
- State at least three (3) factors which may affect the operational range of the radio as taught in class.
- Demonstrate the ability to locate marginal information, map symbols, and major terrain features on a map according to the lesson.
- Demonstrate the proper procedure for finding and giving four and six digit grid reference numbers as stated in the lesson.