b. For efficient operations, a patrol should be able to cover an assigned route in less than an hour.
If additional enforcement is required, shorten the route or assign additional patrols to the area. An
adjacent patrol may be assigned to overlap the route.
c. Geography also affects distribution planning.
Railroads, bridges, and rivers must be
considered. No one should be denied protection. You should consider the varying numbers of patrol
units available for duty and adjust the patrol area responsibilities accordingly.
d. Equipment for Patrols
You must determine the equipment requirements for patrols. The types of equipment are--
Appropriate sidearm for personnel and situation.
Law enforcement equipment such as hand irons and police clubs.
Specialized equipment such as cameras, special weapons, and night vision devices.
e. Methods of Patrolling
The following are types of patrols available and how they are used in a patrol distribution plan.
(1) Fixed/static patrols. These patrols are used--
To maintain visitor and vehicle control.
To provide information and assistance.
To provide for control and surveillance at special events.
To provide traffic control at dangerous intersections.
(2) Foot patrols. These patrols provide--
o Intensive enforcement for high crime areas.
o Closer inspection of limited visibility areas.
o Increased community relations impact.
(3) Aviation patrols. These patrols are used for--
Apprehension of offenders.
Rapid response to medical emergencies.
Search and rescue missions.