Patrol

Responsibilities

The Patrol Division of the Berkeley Heights Police Department is the largest of all the divisions within the Department. The Patrol Division is responsible for responding to all calls for service within the community.

Patrol responds to all 911 calls as well as all non-emergency police department calls.

Division Overview

The Division is comprised of four patrol squads, each squad supervised by a Sergeant or Corporal at all times.

Patrol Vehicles

Each marked patrol vehicle is equipped with a mobile data terminal computer system. Each system utilizes Info-Cop technology in conjunction with the Enforsys report writing and dispatch programs.

Automatic External Defibrillator

Officers carry an automatic external defibrillator (AED) with them on patrol and are trained in the use of this advanced life saving technology, as well as, being trained in CPR and basic first aid.

Duties

The Patrol Division is responsible for responding to all:

  • 911 calls
  • Fires
  • First aid calls
  • Incorporating a spirit of cooperation with both the business community and citizens alike
  • Man-made and natural disasters
  • Motor vehicle crashes
  • Reports of crimes and disorderly persons offenses

Training

Officers receive special training in community policing philosophy, interview and interrogation, and drug awareness. Officers bi-annually get trained in the use of firearms, domestic violence, pursuit policy, and use of force policy.

Additional Investigation Work

Patrol Officers are responsible for initial investigation of all crimes that occur within the Township of Berkeley Heights. Investigations that are too intensive or complex are turned over to the Investigation Bureau and will be continued by a Detective.