Police Patrol Division
The Patrol Division is the largest and most visible division of the Plymouth Township Police Department. As with every Police Department it is the ‘backbone’ of the department. Uniform officers, using various types of marked patrol vehicles, staff the Patrol Division.
The Patrol Division is responsible for all types of emergency and non-emergency calls for service. In order to be prepared, Plymouth Township Police Officers undergo training though out their entire career as a Police Officer. Keeping abreast of changes in the law enforcement field is an ongoing process. It is the responsibility of each police department to train all officers in their core tasks within their job description. In addition to those duties, members of the Patrol Division are also assigned to the K-9 Unit and the Special Operations Team.
Plymouth Township Police Department’s mission of serving the public is greatly enhanced through its dedication to keeping its officers fully trained and equipped in order to meet the changing needs within the Public Safety Community. The Police Officer Training required by the Plymouth Township Police Department allows for the department to take pride in the fact that we go well beyond the mandatory training that the state and federal government requires.
The law enforcement community within the United States offers formal and informational schooling in every aspect of police work. Police officers at Plymouth Township take advantage of these schools each year, which keeps us at the leading edge of law enforcement capability.
In addition to the ‘typical’ police training, members of the police department also are sent to Cultural Diversity, Harassment, dealing with mentally impaired individuals and foreign language training. Supervisors are sent to Supervision Classes.
Core Tasks and Equipment
Below are some of the core tasks and the equipment used in performing those tasks by Plymouth Township Police Officers:
Pennsylvania Crimes Code Training and Updates
Pennsylvania Vehicle Code Training and Updates
Legal Court Case Update
First Aid, CPR and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) Training
12 gauge shotgun Training and Qualification
12 gauge Shotgun (less lethal) Training
Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) Aerosol Pepper Spray Training
Taser Model M26 Training and Qualification
.223 Caliber H&K 53 Patrol Rifle Training and Qualification
9 mm H&K MP-5 Submachine gun (Special Operations Team) Pistol Training and Qualification (Special Operations Team)
37 and 40 mm Less Lethal/Gas Delivery System (Special Operations Team) Special Operations
Tactics and Negotiation Techniques
After experience is gained in the area of instruction, some of our officers are sent to advanced training for instructor certification. Those instructors can conduct training and qualify officers within our department in their field of expertise. This is a very cost effective and time saving technique of keeping our department well trained.