The Patrol Division of the Medford Police Department is the fundamental first line of defense against crime in Medford. All other details and functions support Patrol Division, and evolve from needs and activities in Patrol. Patrol is currently deployed on 12 hour shifts, 3 days per week. All officers are obligated to work an 8 hour training day and an 8 hour payback day every month. These are often utilized to supplement patrol, work on community policing projects, or for additional training.
Starting in January 2007, officers have been assigned to one of seven patrol teams, each with a Sgt. and 7-8 officers. The teams are formed for a period of one year. The teams are divided evenly: three teams on nights, and three teams on days. Two of the teams will have some flexibility in hours, and will occasionally overlap other teams to respond to times of peak activity. The benefits for the development of the patrol teams are as follows:
Officers are assigned to one of seven (7) specific beats that have been identified by our Tactical Information Unit (TIU). The expectation is that each beat will have officers who remain in these beats unless called off. These officers will proactively work on problem solving projects in these beats. The knowledge and trust gained by these officers with citizens in these beats will result in better service and continued improvement in our quality of life.
As this team concept is implemented, officers will also be assigned permanent beat assignments as often as possible. Each officer will also have a particular section of the city as their on-going project area.
As the concept of beat ownership evolves, officers will be increasing their utilization of Neighborhood Watch, and other localized groups and associations as a patrol resource.
Medford Police Patrol Officers continue to be the "backbone" of the department. They are the individuals that the public comes in contact with, and the ones responsible for the delivery of service. From responding to 911 calls to traffic enforcement, and the investigation of criminal activity, patrol officer are out there 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
The Patrol Division also operates a traffic enforcement team consisting of five officers on police motorcycles and a traffic sergeant. The goal for the traffic team is to reduce the number of motor vehicle collisions by enforcing traffic laws, investigating motor vehicle collisions, use of photo enforcement and networking with the city's traffic engineering division.
Monthly, the police department broadcasts a call-in television show on RVTV public television called "Rules of the Road". The hour long show covers the different aspects of law enforcement and provides viewers a chance to call in and ask questions of police officers. The taped show is re-broadcasted several times during the month. In 2005, the show was awarded the RVTV "C.A.T. Award" for its high viewer participation.
This community can be very proud of their officers, and the workload they handle. We responded to over 90,000 calls for service in 2005. We hope to provide good service, and strive for continuous improvement in our chosen profession- law enforcement.
Contact: Officer Tamara Camp (541) 774-2216