The South San Francisco Police Department Patrol Division is the primary provider of police services for the residents of South San Francisco. The Patrol Division consists of over 40 officers who cover the 11 square miles of the City on a 24-hour basis. Patrol Division personnel are prepared to respond to both emergency and non-emergency calls for service in each of the City's four patrol "beats." Patrol Officers are assigned to specific beats for six-month periods to enhance their knowledge of, and familiarity with, their respective neighborhoods and commercial areas.
The Patrol Division provides continuous availability of field units to respond to calls for service, provide visible patrol throughout the City, detect and apprehend persons actively involved in criminal activity, recover and return lost and stolen property, provide for the safe movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic, investigate criminal offenses, and attempt to reduce both immediate and potentially hazardous situations to the community.