The patrol units of the Silver Spring Township Police are the most visible division within the department. Consisting of 13 uniformed officers and 4 sergeants, the Patrol Division is responsible for responding to calls for service from citizens, crime prevention and traffic enforcement duties throughout Silver Spring Township. When an emergency call is placed to 911 it is usually a patrol officer who is dispatched to respond.
Each police vehicle is equipped with an on-board, mobile data computer that allows officers to perform administrative duties without having to return to the police station. This permits officers to spend more time on the streets and maintain a high public visibility. Additionally, investigative and lifesaving equipment is carried within each vehicle to provide the responding officers with the tools necessary to handle the majority of situations encountered while on patrol.
Additional duties patrol officers perform are:
- Assisting other law enforcement agencies
- Foot patrol
- Bicycle patrol of developments and shopping centers
- Special traffic details such as aggressive driving and buckle-up patrols
- Sporting event security
- Warrant services