This week the CPA participants heard from Commander Jeff Cielak on the function of police patrols - the "meat and potatoes" of law enforcement.
Patrol officers have a variety of responsibilities. Many patrol officers also have a specialty assignment such as Youth Officer, Evidence Technician, Crash Investigator and FTO (Field Training Officer).
In addition to patrolling the village, responding to criminal calls and enforcing traffic laws, patrol officers handle a wide variety of public service calls. Commander Cielak covered everything that a patrol officer does, from catching animals to responding to a homicide.
It was a great presentation (and discussion) and a very informative evening for the participants. As a shift supervisor, Commander Cielak was able to give the participants a unique perspective. In fact, we think the participants received almost as much information in two hours as a new officer receives in one month of training.