As with any police bureau, the "backbone" is the patrol division. The patrol officers are the most visible arm of local government. Deputies work around the clock and they perform the most vital role of the police bureau. They are expected to handle many types of incidents and provide a variety of services. They are often called upon to make split second decisions which may have a profound effect on people's lives. Deputies with natural aptitude for law enforcement and who display sound common sense make the finest patrol officers.
The City of Millbrae will be staffed with two sworn, uniformed deputies twenty-four hours a day from Sunday through Thursday. The City is staffed with a third deputy on Fridays and Saturdays from 3:00 pm to 3:00 am.
The deputies provide patrol services to the City of Millbrae that include:
- Responding to calls for service
- Traffic control and enforcement
- Routine preventative patrols
- All-inclusive patrol services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year within the incorporated City limits of Millbrae
- Response to high priority and emergency calls for service
The patrol function of the Millbrae Police Bureau embraces the philosophy that patrolling our streets remains the vital task of ensuring public safety through the proven deterrence of aggressive, intelligent law enforcement. We are proud to be able to say that Millbrae is one of the safest cities in the Bay Area.
This is accomplished, in part, due to:
- A philosophy that the police alone cannot solve crime; direct participation by community members is a necessity.
- A shift in the focus of problem definition to a customer orientation and corresponding concentration on those problems identified by the citizens themselves as being of greatest concern.
- An emphasis on proactive, rather than reactive patrol.
- The identification and implementation of a range of non-traditional approaches.
- The redirection of officers from their cruisers into more direct contact with the community, along with the delegation of decision-making authority to the patrol officer's level.
Patrol officers are expected to accomplish a number of clearly defined objectives while on patrol, some of which are:
- The protection of life and property. Democratic government must guarantee to all citizens the right to be secure in their persons and property. This task rests squarely on the shoulders of our police department. This is accomplished through good overt patrol techniques and alert observations by patrol officers. Through their efforts members of the community are kept safe from personal danger and property loss.
- The prevention of crime. Patrol officers will, because of their uniform, marked police units, and aggressive patrol techniques, eliminate a certain number of opportunities for criminal actions. An experienced patrol officer may give the impression that he or she can be anywhere on his or her beat at any time, which prompts criminals to avoid this officer's area.
- The enforcement of laws. Our patrol officers are expected to know municipal, county, and state laws as well as some federal statues. He or she must know the difference between the letter of the law and the spirit of the law and act accordingly.
- The detection and apprehension of criminals. When crime prevention fails and a criminal violation occurs, the patrol officer is expected to possess the skills and knowledge to detect the crime and apprehend the offender. Naturally, many hours are spent by dedicated police personnel learning the various techniques of crime detection and the prompt apprehension of the violators.
- Miscellaneous tasks. A great amount of time is dedicated to providing various services to the public. These services range from providing directions to a lost citizen to assisting paramedics with a medical emergency. The Millbrae Police Department prides itself on "going the extra mile" to be of service.
Would you like to ride along with an officer on patrol? The Millbrae Police Bureau offers a citizen ride-a-long program for interested members of the community. Anyone who is fourteen years of age or older can sign up to accompany an officer on a normal patrol shift. Those individuals who are not yet eighteen must have their parent's consent. Participants in the program will not be exposed to hazardous situations, but they will be able to experience normal calls for service received by the police bureau as well as the more routine aspects of patrol duty. This is a great opportunity for someone considering a career in law enforcement, seeking an interesting school project, or just wanting to learn something about the police department and the community.
If you are interested in participating in the Ride-A-Long program, you may obtain an application and waiver form at the police bureau. Just complete the form and let us know when the best time is for you to ride. We will try to accommodate your request whenever possible as police staffing and other operational needs allow. We normally schedule a ride-a-long for a four hour period.
- Ride-A-Long Request Form - Print and fill out this form and submit it to the Police Department if you would like to ride along with an officer.
Vacation House Watch Program
Are you going on vacation or will you be gone from your home for an extended period of time? Would you like someone from the police bureau to monitor your house while you're gone? The Millbrae Police Bureau offers a Vacation House Watch program where members of the police bureau are assigned to check on your house while you are away. This includes making sure the outer perimeter of your house is secure and there is nothing unusual on or about the premises. If you would like to participate in this program while you are away, come into the police bureau, call 650-259-2300 or click on the ‘File A Report Online’ and file a ‘Vacation House Watch’ report. We will need some general information about your house, the dates you will be away from home, and who to contact if there is a problem while you are gone.
- Vacation House Watch Request Form - Print and fill out this form and submit it to the Police Department if you would like your house monitored while you are on vacation.
If you have questions or you would like further information about any of the Patrol programs, call: (650) 259-2300.