Officer Bill Ershen gave the CPA participants a great presentation on the function of police patrols - the "meat and potatoes" of law enforcement.
In addition to patrolling the village, officers have a variety of responsibilities which may include responding to criminal calls and enforcing traffic laws. Additionally, patrol officers handle a wide variety of public service calls.
Officers Ershen covered everything that a patrol officer does, from catching animals to responding to a homicide.
Many patrol officers also have a specialty assignment such as Youth Officer, Evidence Technician, Crash Investigator and FTO (Field Training Officer).
It was a great presentation (and discussion) and a very informative evening for the participants. In fact, we think the participants received almost as much information in two hours as a new officer receives in one month of training.
Officer Bill Ershen shares the challenges of a patrol officer.