Field Operations Division

field opsUniformed officers assigned to the Field Operations Division have the primary purposes of responding to calls for service from citizens and providing preventive patrol for all areas of the city. The calls for service handled by the officers are generated by emergency 9-1-1 calls from citizens and from actions initiated by the officers themselves. The first responding officer to a 9-1-1 call is usually from the Field Operations Division.

Officers assigned to this division are responsible for specific geographic “beats” of the city. These beat areas are the foundation for the department's district policing system. These officers patrol the same area every workday. This allows them to identify problem areas and citizen concerns so that proactive strategies can be developed to resolve them. They know any trouble spots and can often identify repeat offenders who live or visit within their district.

Officers begin their career in this division. After receiving their initial training at the Raleigh Police Academy, recruits are assigned to experienced training officers. The recruits expand the basic knowledge obtained from the academy and are eligible for patrol duty after successfully completing field training.

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