GBPD PATROL OFFICERS
The backbone of the Green Bay Police Department is made up of its patrol officers. While many other specialty areas may receive more attention, it is the men and women on patrol that interact with and serve the community every day.
Each year GBPD patrol officers respond to or self initiate well over 80,000 calls for service in the City of Green Bay. That is an average of 219 calls for service per day and equals almost 1 call for service per resident of the city. Although call volumes spike during the warmer weather, the patrol officers handle at least 3,000 calls per month, even in the dead of winter.
Patrol officers are responsible for police protection of the city, responding to calls for service, and enforcement of local ordinances and state laws, as well as traffic enforcement and monitoring traffic problems. Patrol officers also investigate reportable traffic crashes.
The city is divided into 10 patrol zones, five on each side of the Fox River. At least one officer patrols each zone. Some units are assigned as camera cars and carry fingerprint kits and other specialized equipment in addition to the normal patrol gear. We have recently added Automatic Defibrillator Units (AEDs) to most cars in our fleet.
Patrol operates around the clock, covered by four shifts of officers: Early/late day shift, afternoon shift, night shift, and evening shift. By having these shifts and their respective overlap, coverage is provided on a continuous basis 24 hours per day.
In addition to regular duties, patrol is still able to perform a number of community service functions, such as assisting other city and private contracting groups that require temporary traffic control, funeral escorts, and public relations appearances.