The Patrol Division is the first line of defense for more than 43,000 residents of Moline. This division consists of 37 uniformed officers who respond to over 60,000 calls for service each year. Within the ranks of patrol, you will find a group of diverse men and women who are committed to our citizens and will work to find solutions to both individual and community problems. This large area encompasses two rivers and two interstates. Many members of the patrol division receive special training and certifications, such as hostage negotiators, field training officers, paramedics, elderly services officers, juvenile officers, bike patrol and boat patrol officers.
The Patrol Operations Division consists of three platoons, or shifts. The first platoon operates in the daytime hours and has regular involvement with local businesses and commuters. First platoon makes it a priority to patrol school zones and main routes early in the morning to ensure the safety of our city’s school children.
The second platoon (afternoon shift) usually handles the highest call volume. This shift places a priority in proactive patrol and will frequently be present near schools upon dismissal. The second shift officers respond to the highest amount of juvenile complaints, domestic violence calls, retail thefts and traffic accidents.
Third platoon officers (midnight shift) work diligently through the night to keep neighborhoods safe, businesses secure and the streets free from impaired drivers. These officers adjust their response to concentrate on high traffic areas, such as the downtown taverns and outdoor concerts and festivities. While most people are asleep, third platoon keeps watch for burglars, prowlers or anyone else looking to commit crimes under the cover of darkness.
Each platoon is committed to protection and service of the community. Officers assigned to patrol oversee assigned beats (geographical areas) within the city. This allows for officers to act as ambassadors for the neighborhoods they serve and to grow a familiarity with the people of those particular areas. The officers are committed to a proactive, preventative maintenance philosophy. Patrol officers work to facilitate problem-solving by partnering with various stakeholders within the community.