The main functions of the police include patrol work and crime prevention. Patrol work is considered the backbone of policing, as patrol officers interact with the public throughout their shifts. Prevention of crime includes activities to keep the citizens safe and is a catalyst to improve the public–police relationship.
Imagine you are a police officer asked to give a presentation for new recruits to introduce them to patrol work and crime prevention strategies employed to maintain public safety.
Create a 10- to 12-slide Microsoft PowerPoint presentation in which you:
- Explain the difference between patrol and other roles within a police department. What are 3 functions of patrol work? Provide an example of each.
- Describe different types of patrol and how each affects crime and community relations.
- Identify at least 2 improvements or innovations that have been incorporated to aid in patrol. How does each improve police patrol work?
- State the difference between reactive and proactive crime prevention strategies used by the police.