Patrol Services, also known as the Field Operations Division, contains the bulk of the department’s personnel. Both patrol and traffic services fall within the Field Operations Division and are staffed with uniformed officers.
Patrol and traffic officers are the primary contact for citizens within the community. Patrol services contain several units and programs on an as-needed basis to accomplish a specific mission. These programs include, but are not limited to, the Police Reserve Unit, Police Explorer unit, community service officers and the canine unit.
The canine units provide tracking of suspects and crowd control, as well as conducting public demonstrations. In addition to these programs, patrol officers participate in the Northern San Mateo County Gang Task Force.
Many officers within the organization hold other collateral assignments. Within patrol services, a number of officers are trained as hostage negotiators to deal with situations involving barricaded subjects or other critical incidents that may arise. In addition to handling routine calls for service, patrol and traffic services are responsible for security at special events, such as the Fog Fest, Fourth of July, dances, football games, and carnivals.