The Patrol Division is the most visible part of the department and is the backbone of the department, maintaining a presence in the Town of Lincoln 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Patrol officers fulfill a wide variety of tasks, including responding to calls of service, motor vehicle stops, serving documents, and interacting with all members of the community.
The primary focus of the patrol division includes:
- Providing Emergency Responses
- Servicing Community Calls
- Patrolling the Town
- Traffic Enforcement
- Accident Investigation
The patrol division responds to over 13,000 service calls per year, from 'routine' calls to major investigations. Patrol officers are also called upon to assist during special events, such as the 4th of July parade and fireworks, as well as during severe storms and other major incidents.
Full time police officers must successfully complete the Recruit Officer Course as set forth by the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC). After graduation, newly appointed officers are assigned to a Field Training Officer (FTO) for the first few months of their career before finally patrolling on their own. Each officer completes mandatory in-service training every year (40 hours), as well as a wide variety of specialized training throughout their careers.