The Patrol Division is the most visible section of the police department, providing around the clock service to residents and visitors. Each law enforcement patrol officer works to protect life & property, uphold the civil rights of individuals, preserve public peace, provide citizen assistance,enforce criminal and motor vehicle laws, and respond to emergency situations. They are dedicated and committed professionals who place their lives and well being in jeopardy for the citizens of Highland Park on a daily basis
The men and women of the Patrol Division have a number of responsibilities, including: enforcing state and municipal laws and regulations designed to protect life and property, maintaining order, preventing crime, taking initial reports, interviewing witnesses and suspects, apprehending fugitives and criminals, directing traffic, and investigating accidents. Patrol officers maintain closer contact with the public than any other division within the police department.
The men and women of the Highland Park Police Department's Patrol Division take great pride in serving the citizens of Highland Park. Most often, the first person you see when you are in need of police assistance is the patrol officer.
Within a week's tour of duty, a single officer might be dispatched to investigate, or assist in, calls for: burglaries, robberies, assaults, suicidal persons, bar-room brawls, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, sexual assault, medical aid calls, noise complaints, prowlers, traffic accidents, drunk drivers, and intrusion alarms. This multi-faceted quilt constitutes the fabric of patrol work. It is important to realize that in a split second, the most inconsequential and routine activity can develop into a potentially hazardous situation. Patrol officers experience periods of little to no activity punctuated by moments of trepidation and danger.
The Patrol Division is commanded by:
Lieutenant Thomas Hammill (732) 572-3800 Ext. 4235