Running Head: INTRODUCTION TO POLICING
Introduction to Policing
INTRODUCTION TO POLICING
1. Why is patrol considered the “backbone” of the police department? Use detail and
examples to illustrate.
Patrol is regarded the ‘backbone’ of the police department because it entails the perspective
of problem-oriented policing. In other words, the aim of patrol is to solve persistent problems in
the society. The patrol officers are often the first respondents to an incident. The officers are
responsible for helping the victims, detaining and questioning witnesses, and securing the crime
scene. In this case therefore, the primary goal and objective of the police department is based on
the roles and responsibilities of the patrol officers (Walker, Katz, 2013).
2. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of foot patrol with car patrol.
Foot patrol enables the police officers to build rapport and create relationships with the
community. This is true particularly in densely populated areas. In addition, foot patrol is an
effective way of preventing the occurrence of crimes. For instance, the trust between the officers
and the members of the community enables the police to get information from these members.
Police on foot patrols are more approachable than those in car patrol. However, police on foot
patrol can be easily targeted for attacks by gangs and other criminals. In addition, foot patrol can
also limit where police officers can go.
Police on car patrol are not vulnerable to gang attacks because they are using cars as
opposed to walking. Additionally, car patrol...