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A Typical Day

First off, there is no such thing as a typical day in any police department and the Huntingdon Borough Police is no exception.  Each day brought with it a new set of issues to observe and learn from. 

The most common occurrence at this internship was to patrol the streets of Huntingdon with one of the officers.  This routine is the bulk of what takes place on a day-to-day basis.  The purpose of patrolling is to maintain a high level of visibility within the community so that its people feel safe and protected.  Patrolling also allows the officers to be on the watch for illegal activity and can decrease the time it takes to respond to an incident.

On day shift, the officers have plenty to keep them busy.  They spend a lot of time patrolling the city to maintain visibility and to keep up public relations.  In the mornings, the officers issue tickets in no parking zones.  The officers are also kept busy by responding to incidents, conducting investigations, and attending court hearings.

During the afternoon/evening shift, the officers again patrol the city at length.  This is the time of day where many people are out and about on the streets, especially the city's youth.  The bike patrol is most often utilized during this shift.  The evening shift officers also respond to incidents and deliver subpoenas as needed.

Needless to say, the night shift is when the city slows down.  Typically there are fewer incidents at night but these incidents tend to be more action packed.  The night shift also patrols the city and responds to any incident in the borough.  The night shift is often kept busy keeping drunk drivers off of the streets.


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