Uniformed Patrol is generally the first contact citizens have with the Police Department. Patrol Officers respond to citizens requests for assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All officers have received extensive training in order to perform their duties. During a normal workday, Patrol Officers handle routine and emergency calls for service along with in-progress crimes. Within the Patrol Division, officers have the opportunity to take on special assignments, such as bike patrol, field training officer, and canine officer.

CORRECTS SPELLING OF NAME TO AXEL, NOT AXLE - In this photo taken June 1, 2015, Lawrence Police Department Officer Matthew Hickey watches as his dog Axel performs a search drill at a school in Indianapolis. Axel, a 5-year-old German shepherd that spent three years in Afghanistan as a search and narcotics dog, will spend the rest of his working career in Indianapolis, where he’s been assigned to the Lawrence Township School District police force. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)