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Images on Patrol

A publication of the Junior Police Academy.

Your instructor will discuss and answer any questions you have.

Foot Patrol
Historically, foot patrols are the oldest form of police patrol work. The use of foot patrols decreased substantially in the last century before reemerging as a community policing tool. The benets, particularly in the form of community goodwill and improved relationships between the police and community, may help to explain the recent resurgence in this practice.

Sometimes deemed old fashioned by the rank and le, foot patrols may be effective not only as a means of curbing crime in neighborhoods, enhancing community partnerships



Police vehicles
Police vehicles are used for detaining, patrolling and transporting. The common Police patrol vehicle is an improved four door sedan. Police vehicles are usually marked with appropriate logos and are equipped with sirens and lightbars to aid in making others aware of police presence.


Motorcycles are also commonly used, particularly in locations that a car may not be able to access, to control potential public order situations involving meetings of motorcyclists and often in escort duties where the motorcycle policeman can quickly clear a path for the escorted vehicle.



Motorcycle Patrol

Patrol from above.



Two-wheeled Patrols
Police departments use an array of specialty vehicles such as helicopters, airplanes, watercraft, command post, vans, trucks, all terrain vehicles, motorcycles, and SWAT armored vehicles.



History of the Mounted Patrol

While it is unknown when the rst horse was used in police action, most historians trace the utilization of mounted forces in peacekeeping activities to King Charles Articles of War, published in 1629. Londons Horse Patrol, created in 1805, was the earliest formal mounted police force, and by the 1820s both Australia and Texas had implemented horse-mounted patrol units.


Sitting above the crowd...

Essential functions of horse-mounted patrols still include crowd control, presence at special events, patrolling highly congested areas, and public relations. Even though horse-mounted patrols are sometimes difcult to implement and maintain by departments, most that use these special patrols believe the advantages of having them outweigh the few disadvantages. Although many mounted patrols were reduced or disbanded by the introduction and proliferation of automobile and highway patrols, many departments within the United States and the world still have departments with horse patrols that are still used today.


Most training of horse and rider is carried on by the local department, but there are prominent training centers that will lend a hand in Chicago, St. Louis, and Detroit, and under the auspices of the National Park Service.




Bicycle patrols
Bicycle patrols are used in some areas because they allow for more open interaction with the public. In addition, their quieter operation can facilitate approaching suspects unawares and can help in pursuing them attempting to escape on foot.