LESSON 2/TASK 1
After determining the required size of the patrol force and an initial determination of the distribution of
patrol areas, a strategy must be developed that makes the maximum use of the resources.
Specifically, what type of patrols can most effectively meet the requirements of the installation. In order
to design a successful patrol system, specific objectives must be kept in mind. These include
o Maximum protection of life and property.
o Crime prevention.
o Identification and apprehension of offenders.
o Maintenance of order and discipline.
o Community relations.
o Selected security requirements.
o Requirements unique to the installation.
In effect, how the resources can be most effectively distributed to meet the requirements of the
installation must be determined. Maximum use must be made of the analysis of historical data. There
are several options, particularly with motor patrols, that can be selected. In most cases, there will be a
mix of these patrol methods.
The routine patrol, whether by foot or motorized, is the "regular" or "traditional" method. This method
accounts for the majority of patrol operations. The patrol is usually given a specific patrol area. It
patrols in the area on a selectively random basis. In other words it does not follow a prescribed route,
but does include certain areas that have been designated for special attention. The patrol is available
to respond to police calls.