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Lake Stevens Police
2211 Grade Rd.
Lake Stevens, WA 98258

Patrol work is the backbone of policing. It is an incredibly diverse, active and exciting job. Every day is a chance to respond to a variety of calls, interact with a wide spectrum of people, and solve new and ongoing problems. Working patrol has both the camaraderie of being part of a team, while also giving you a lot of freedom, autonomy and independence. What many patrol officers say they love about the job is the immediacy of the work – directly helping people with tangible results – yet at the end of the shift you are done with your job and don’t have to “take your work home with you”.

As first responders, a big part of patrol is responding to 9-1-1 calls, which can range from the mundane to the truly extraordinary. Patrol officers also respond to “on-view” incidents, or a situation they see occurring. In addition, Patrol Officers get to know the area they are assigned to and the community members they serve within their beat. When not responding directly to calls, or providing backup to other officers, patrol officers use proactive time to combat on-going crime problems in specific neighborhoods.

Because they come across a wide variety of incidents in their day-to-day work, patrol officers are given extensive training in many different skill sets and attend mandatory training throughout their careers. Having a background and understanding of patrol work is absolutely vital before a transition to any other type of police work.