Uniform Patrol

The Patrol Division is the backbone of the Oakland Police Department. It is the largest and most visible component of our Police Department. Patrol officers perform a myriad of duties, all geared toward the prevention of crime and the proper investigation of incidents that do occur. Providing a high level of service to the residents of Oakland is a primary objective of everyone assigned to the Patrol Division.


The responsibilities of the Patrol Division include the following:
  • Preservation of the peace, protection of life and property and crime prevention
  • Enforcement of all state laws and town ordinances
  • The preliminary investigation of all crimes and significant events
  • Traffic enforcement and education
  • Traffic crash investigations
  • Participate in community and school events
  • Business and residential checks
  • Assist other Town Departments such as Fire-Rescue and Code Enforcement
  • Providing information and other assistance to residents and visitors
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The Patrol Unit consists of two squads covering four shifts.  The squads are supplemented by paid part time reserve officers when needed.