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The Patrol Division is overseen by Captain Richard Roberts. This Division includes Patrol Field Services, the Community Services Bureau, and Code Enforcement. The majority of calls for service in the City of Kentwood are handled by the Patrol Division.
The Kentwood Police Department responded to 17,680 calls for service in 2015. The vast majority of these calls for service were handled by the road patrol of the Kentwood Police Department. Road patrol officers are responsible for the initial response to routine and emergency calls that occur in the City of Kentwood.
Further duties of road patrol officers include: conducting initial and follow-up criminal investigations, enforcing traffic laws, investigating traffic crashes, arresting persons who have committed criminal offences and those persons who have arrest warrants issued for their arrest, testifying in court hearings, investigating suspicious persons and situations, as well as many other duties.
The Kentwood Police Department continually strives to serve the community with excellence. One such way this goal is accomplished is through our Bicycle Patrol Unit. Bicycle patrol is comprised of various officers who have been specifically trained in effective bicycle patrol tactics. Bike patrol allows for the Kentwood Police Department to create a presence in areas within the city, where patrol vehicles may be unable to travel, such as the various trails. This allows the interaction, and response to citizens concerns to be more efficient. The Bicycle Patrol Unit has demonstrated great success and has been a very vital addition to our department.
The Traffic Unit is part of the Community Services Bureau. The officers of this unit have a primary responsibility to enforce traffic laws. Other community services performed by this unit include: abandoned vehicle follow-ups, salvaged vehicle inspections, traffic engineering studies, and accident investigations.
The Kentwood Police Department re-introduced the Motorcycle Unit in 2012, which is comprised of Harley Davidson motorcycles allocated for patrol, traffic enforcement, and special details. Kentwood Police motorcycle officers attend extensive training through the state of Michigan which enhances the officer’s knowledge and operation of the motorcycle, as well as their emergency response operations. Training includes reaction to tight turns, obstacle avoidance, controlled braking, high speed operations, and safety techniques. Much like with the Bicycle Patrol Unit, the Motorcycle unit has the capability to gain access to areas throughout the city that are inaccessible by a patrol cruiser. Furthermore, officers are able to more effectively stop traffic offenders. The Kentwood Motorcycle Unit has been a very important addition to the Kentwood Police Department. The Patrol Motorcycles provide our officers with an effective tool that enables them to reduce serious crime, increase traffic safety, and serve our community with excellence.
Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) is a law enforcement operational model supported by a partnership among the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and two Department of Justice agencies--the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Justice.
DDACTS integrates location-based crime and traffic-crash data to determine the most effective methods for deploying law enforcement and other resources. Drawing on the deterrent value of highly-visible traffic enforcement and the knowledge that crimes often involve motor vehicles, the goal of DDACTS is to reduce crime, crashes, and traffic violations across the country. More information on the Kentwood DDACTS initiative can be found by clicking HERE.