The Patrol Division is the largest and most visible component of the Farmington Police Department. Patrol is staffed by four Patrol Sergeants and 13 Patrol Officers.
Patrol staff work 12 hour shifts and they provide emergency response 24/7/365. Patrol provides the initial response to almost every emergency in call in the city including, but not limited to, medical emergencies, traffic crashes, fire calls, crimes in progress, domestic disputes, and mental health crises. They also provide the initial response to a wide variety of non-emergency calls such as, after-the-fact crime reports, runaway reports, public assists (e.g. car lockouts), and civil disputes.
In addition to responding to calls for service, Patrol Officers enforce traffic law and spend time conducting what we refer to as Directed Patrol. Directed Patrol is focused on addressing a specific problem. It could be monitoring an area where we’ve received a high number of traffic related complaints or it could be something like patrolling a neighborhood that has experienced a high number of thefts from vehicles.
Well-trained officers responding to calls are appropriately equipped. Each of our patrol vehicles is equipped with emergency oxygen, a First aid kit, an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), fire extinguisher, spike strips, portable breath test devices, a laptop computer with printer, and many other odd and ends that might be needed. We also have one patrol vehicle equipped with a portable bullet resistant shield and extra tools for forcing entry into buildings if it becomes necessary.