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The Patrol Division is led by a Captain and is comprised of four platoons and the Traffic Unit. Each platoon is supervised by a Lieutenant and three Sergeants. The platoons are tasked with the job of patrolling the streets of Bethlehem and answering all calls for service. Three of these platoons rotate between day shifts (7 a.m.- 3 p.m.) and middle shifts (3 p.m.- 11 p.m.). The fourth platoon is divided into three squads, and they work a steady night shift schedule (11 p.m. - 7 a.m.).
Patrol officers are responsible for the protection of life and property, preservation of the peace, enforcement of laws and suppression of crime. They provide residents and businesses with a highly visible and proactive police presence by routine preventive patrolling on foot, bicycle or motor vehicle. Patrolling on mountain bikes and on foot enables officers to have personal contact with the citizens and allows them to see and hear things they might not discern while in a vehicle.
The Traffic Unit is comprised of Motor Officers, the Mounted Patrol Unit and the Crossing Guard Supervisor/Animal Control. They are supervised by a Lieutenant and one Sergeant. The Motor Officers ride Harley Davidson FLHTP Electra Glide motorcycles. Their primary duties are traffic enforcement, addressing abandoned vehicles, hiot and run investigations and traffic safety issues. They are also tasked with providing escorts for parades, funerals, and dignitaries.
The Mounted Patrol Unit consists of three officers and their mounts, George, Raven and Pharoah. They are primarily assigned to patrol the downtown areas of our north and south sides, along with the Greenway and the area parks. More information about the Mounted Unit can be found on their blog.
The Police Department also employs 53 civilian Crossing Guards for school traffic and the crossing of students at many intersections throughout the City. A Traffic Unit Officer is tasked with handling all aspects of this program. He is responsible for recruitment, hiring, training payroll and resolving any traffic issues that arise involving school traffic and pedestrians.