The Patton Township Police Department is responsible for public safety and law enforcement in the Township. The Department currently has a force of 18 sworn personnel: a chief, three full-time detectives, a half-time designated crime prevention officer , three patrol sergeants, and 9.5 FTE patrol officers. There are two full-time civilian employees in the police department. The department structure is function based.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND PATROL
Emergency Response and Patrol are the basic functions of the Patton Township Police Department. The department provides response to calls for assistance from Township residents, businesses and the public, 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Examples of calls to 911 include crimes-in-progress, serious traffic accidents, assistance at fire/ambulance scenes, and enforcement of Township ordinances such as weed violations, parking, dogs at large, and sidewalk obstruction (failure to remove snow/ice) violations. In addition to emergency response, patrol officers conduct neighborhood patrol, traffic enforcement, follow-up investigations, school walkthroughs, home vacation and business checks, child seat checks, and warrant details.
Another element of Emergency Response is critical incident intervention. Township officers may respond to incidents in PattonTownship or in other Centre Region jurisdictions. The Patton Township Police Department has joined with other area agencies to mutually equip and train special response personnel to respond to any type of critical incident including hostage or high risk warrant situations.
CRIME PREVENTION / COMMUNITY RELATIONS
The primary functions of the crime prevention/community relations division include working with businesses and homeowners on crime prevention and security, instructing bank employees and other local businesses on how to deal with robberies and potential fraud, Project KidCare, Junior Police Academy, Patton Township Safety Fair, and Citizens’ Police Academy.
A police officer is assigned, half-time, to crime prevention/community relation activities. The balance of this officer’s time is charged to the Emergency Response/Patrol section. The crime prevention/community relations officer has a strong and amicable relationship with the Patton Township Business Association. A great deal of support for the Safety Fair comes from the Patton Township Business Association.
The Patton Township Police Department sponsored its 10th annual Safety Fair at the Colonnade shopping plaza in September 2013. Neighboring police departments, fire companies, and local businesses were involved. The Safety Fair provides opportunities for children and adults to meet first responders during a relaxed and fun-filled day. Patton Township would like to commend the Patton Township Business Association for their tremendous support of this important community event. The business association will continue to be an active participant in future fairs.
The Patton Township Junior Police Academy had its first graduating class in 2002. This is a cooperative program with other jurisdictions led by Patton Township. The purpose of the academy is to provide positive interaction between police and Centre County high school students aged 15-17.
This division is comprised of three full-time detectives assigned to investigations. Detectives usually work in ‘plain clothes’ and are responsible for the investigation of most crime reported in the Township. Major investigations requiring extensive work hours, special technical capabilities, etc. are coordinated with outside agencies such as the State Police, FBI and State Attorney General’s office.