The Harrison Police Department Uniform Patrol Section is commanded by a Lieutenant, and is a subdivision of the Operations Division.
The Patrol Section is organized into 3 Patrol Shifts. Each Patrol Shift is commanded by a Sergeant, with road officers assigned to each shift. The Patrol Section also has a 4th Shift consisting of an Officer who works from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to provide better coverage during peak hours of calls for service.
The Patrol Section’s primary responsibility is to respond to calls for service, conduct preliminary investigations into crimes that are reported, maintain order, enforce the criminal and traffic code, identify community problems, work with members of the community and other outside resources to solve community problems, and to create a safe and comfortable community in which people can live, work and visit.
The Harrison Police Department employs a Community Policing philosophy, and the Patrol Section is where this philosophy is most visible. The City is divided into 2 geographic beat areas.
Assignment to particular Patrol Shifts is done annually, and officers are assigned according to their preferences, by seniority.
The Harrison Police Department has many specialized officers within the Patrol Section, but these officers are generally assigned to a standard Patrol Shift rather than being separated into specialized work units. This approach is supportive of our Community Policing Philosophy and minimizes the natural barriers that tend to develop between specialized work units.