Patrol Division

The duties of a patrol officer are all encompassing.  Patrol officers are often considered the “backbone” of a police department. These officers perform crime preventative patrols within a specific geographical area within the Borough of Conshohocken. These officers also conduct premise security inspections of businesses, churches, schools, and parks during the late night and early morning hours.  Often times, patrol officers make contact with suspicious vehicles and persons and conduct field interviews to determine if a crime has been committed or to search for illegal contraband. Patrol officers are also the first identity of the police department when encountering citizens and are required to conduct themselves professionally and with respect to the public at all times.

 

Patrol officers are also considered the first line of defense for the Borough of Conshohocken in the event of an emergency.  Officers within the borough quickly respond to public disturbances, family domestic altercations, suicides, violent crime reports, and to assist with medical and fire emergencies. These officers often engaged in dangerous and arduous conditions that endanger public safety. It is during these times a patrol officer will have to exercise independent judgment during these conditions and be mindful to employ officer and public safety practices and procedures.

 

A patrol officer in the Borough of Conshohocken is an extremely important job where the duties and responsibilities often go unnoticed by the public at large. A patrol officer within the Borough must maintain an enthusiastic, self-reliant, and self-motivated to accomplish all of the required responsibilities. These officers must anticipate and address potential safety conditions on the street while enforcing the traffic laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Furthermore, a Borough patrol officer must exercise analytical judgment in identifying problems and situations as they occur and use specific decision making objectives.

 

 

Below is a list that includes, but is not limited to, the responsibilities of what patrol officers in the Borough of Conshohocken are required to do:   

 

  • Provide for public safety by maintaining order, responding to emergencies, protecting people and property, enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promoting good community relations.
  • Identify, pursue, and arrest suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts through investigation and intelligence with local, state, and federal agencies assisting the Borough of Conshohocken Police Dept.
  • Record facts to prepare incident reports that document daily incidents and activities.
  • Review facts of incidents to determine if criminal act or statute violations were involved.
  • Render aid to accident victims and other persons requiring first aid for physical injuries.
  • Testify in court to present evidence or act as witness in traffic and criminal cases.
  • Patrol specific area on foot, bicycle (bike path) or patrol vehicle within the Borough, responding promptly to calls for assistance.
  • Monitor, note, report, and investigate suspicious persons and situations, safety hazards, and unusual or illegal activity in patrol area.
  • Investigate traffic accidents (Traffic Unit) and other accidents to determine causes and to determine if a crime has been committed.
  • Monitor traffic to ensure motorists observe traffic regulations and exhibit safe driving procedures.
  • Issue traffic citations or warnings to violators of motor vehicle ordinances within the Borough.
  • Provide victims of crime appropriate information of victim services within Montgomery County
  • Process prisoners, prepare and maintain records of prisoner arrests, maintain arrest folders and document prisoner due process through district court and common pleas court
  • Inspect public drinking establishments within the Borough to ensure compliance with rules and regulations.
  • Act as official escorts, such as when leading funeral processions or firefighters.