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7.When patrolling at nighttime, patrol officershould always approach building with caution, alwaysassuming the possibility that a felon may be lurking inside.8.In patrolling, walk close to the curb during daytime and close to the building during night time. Thereason offered for this is that the objective of daytimepatrol is to contact and to be seen by many people aspossible and the objective of nighttime foot patrol is to beseen by few people as possible, and to catch criminals inthe act before they are aware of police presence.167
9.Patrol officer should keep in mind that policepatrol means service as well as protection, they shouldnever hesitate therefore, whenever practicable, to offertheir services in whatever way consistent with the purposeof law enforcement. 10.When things are slow, the patrol officer shouldplan strategies.The Plainclothes Patrol1.This type of assignment is particularly effectivefor “saturation coverage” of high crime area. It providesextra coverage without alarming the occupants with anunusual number of policeman. 2.For this kind of patrol, policemen should dress tofit the occasion and wear whatever clothing is the mode ofthe day and fits the type of activity to be covered. 3.The purpose of this patrol is two fold, first isthe gathering of information and police intelligence, andsecond is to let businessmen in these areas know that thepolice organization is present and aware of their problems.4.Another purpose of this group is to patrol thedowntown and “skid row” areas in plain clothes to developinformants.Advantages of Mobile Patrol1.Where speed and mobility are needed such as inlarge area that must be covered by few foot patrol officers,the speed of a mobile car allows them to service the wholearea and do so efficiently.2.It is one of the best means of preventive patrol. 3.If offers protection to the police officer.4.It permits the patrol officer to carry necessaryequipment and clothing. 168
5.The mobile car allows patrol officer to have apartner when needed.6.In case of large patrol vehicle, it can be used asemergency ambulance when disaster occurs, it can carrylarger pieces of evidences. 7.Mobile patrol can be used as barricades in roadblocks.Techniques and Procedure for Mobile Patrol Operation1.Check the mobile patrol thoroughly before leavingthe garage.2.As with the foot patrol officer, the beat shouldnot be traveled the same way each night. 3.Don’t spend too much time in drive-inns or coffeeshops.4.Do not drive too past on general patrol.5.During the normal patrol, observe the rules of theroad. 6.The license plate numbers of all strange orsuspicious vehicles should be noted down.7.Make it a habit not to leave the keys in themobile car.