The primary duty of the Patrol Division officer is to respond to calls for police service and provide a proactive presence in an effort to prevent crime. Since marked patrol cars moving through the city is not enough to completely prevent crime, a strong emphasis has been placed on the Community Policing philosophy. The Cedar Park Patrol Officers seek to develop partnerships with the public to promote crime prevention, solve problems, and respond to incidents of crime more effectively.
The City of Cedar Park is divided into five Districts, with an officer assigned to each District. On an average day, several officers are assigned "rover" duty, where they provide back-up and assistance to the District Officers.
Patrol Officers are best recognized by their most visible tool, the patrol car. Cedar Park Officers are assigned Ford Interceptors or Chevy Tahoes equipped with the latest law enforcement equipment. An average Cedar Park Police patrol car is outfitted with a Motorola digital radio, in-car video camera system, mobile radar, highly visible light-bar systems (LED and traditional technologies), spotlight(s), push-bumper, and a prisoner transport partition.
Another position in the Patrol Operations Division is that of K-9 Officer. Cedar Park K-9 dogs are trained in narcotics detection, the tracking of criminals and missing children, building searches, and when required, handler protection. Currently, there is a K-9 Unit assigned to each Night Platoon and each Day Shift.
Special Operations Division
The City of Cedar Park has grown rapidly over the last 10 years, and in response to the special law enforcement needs encountered by a growing community, the City Council responded by authorizing the funding for the initiation of the Special Operations Division. The Unit is currently comprised of a Sergeant, Traffic Investigator / Corporal, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, a Traffic Enforcement Vehicle, and Motor Officers.
The Special Operations Division is made up of predominately the Traffic Division Motor Officers. Each Officer has received specialized training to operate police motorcycles on a daily basis. The primary duty of a Motor Officer is to enforce the speed limit and other traffic laws in an effort to reduce collisions, attend to reported neighborhood traffic concerns, patrol the 183A Tollway, and conduct collision investigations. With the population growth and the accompanying traffic, Motor Officers will have enough areas of concern to keep them busy for quite some time. Special Operations and other overtime officers are also currently assisting with the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program, a partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation.