Departments & Services

Patrol Division

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The Patrol Division is the largest police division and is responsible for the performance of all primary police tasks.  In Bernards Township, patrol officers are assigned to a designated section of the Township in a marked vehicle to preserve law and order.  Some examples of a patrol officer's tasks are to prevent and discover the commission of a crime direct traffic and to enforce motor vehicle operation, parking regulations and criminal laws; to answer calls and complaints involving first aid calls, motor vehicle accidents, and various types of criminal activities; to conduct preliminary investigations, gather evidence, make arrests and transport prisoners to and from jail; provide testimony in court; to complete all reports as required; and to accept assignment to work in a variety of specialized units within the Department.  The patrol officer is under the direct supervision of the Patrol Sergeant.

The Patrol Sergeant provides direct supervision to patrol officers, serves as a backup unit and carries out the duties of the officer in charge.  Other responsibilities of the Patrol Sergeant include supervising an assigned squad of officers; to direct, review and coordinate the work of personnel assigned to his/her squad; to instruct subordinate officers and civilian personnel as to work assignments and procedures in patrol, investigations, traffic or other assigned areas; to supervise and participate in criminal investigations; to receive complaints or reports of emergencies; and determine need for action and direct subordinates in handling difficult problems.  The Patrol Sergeant is the first line of supervision within the Department and answers to the Patrol Lieutenant.