Patrol Division
         PLATOON A:   Lt.  Maurice Scardigno    

   Lt. Alan Fiorilla
 PLATOON C:   Lt. William Frank



The Patrol Division is staffed by uniformed officers and comprises the largest division within the department. Scheduling of patrol officers is done using fixed shifts. Studies have shown that this type of work schedule provides for improved officer morale, better mental and physical health and increased job performance. Tours of duty for patrol officers are (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) (4:00 p.m. - 12 Midnight) and (12 midnight - 8:00 a.m.). Staffing is assigned based on workload demands. Patrol officers are responsible for all of the primary police tasks seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day.

The Patrol Division has four basic functions:

The prevention and repression of crime, the apprehension of offenders, the maintenance of peace and the protection of life and property.

Some of the duties of officers assigned to the Patrol Division include:

Responding to criminal complaints and conducting complete preliminary investigations.

Responding to non-criminal calls for service and EMS requests.

Traffic control and the initial investigation of auto crashes.

Enforcement of City Ordinance violations, State Statutes, and Motor Vehicle Laws.

Handling of animal complaints.

Other services not directly related to law enforcement but historically performed by the police, such as, bank and funeral escorts, house and business inspections, notifications, and parade details.

During the year, the Clifton Police Department continued its proactive approach to D.W.I. (Driving While Intoxicated) enforcement by patrol officers. Roving patrols and D.W.I. roadblocks were the enforcement strategies employed and State funding from D.W.I. surcharges was used to offset the cost of these programs.

The Patrol Division conducts various directed activities.  In addition to radar and traffic enforcement, the Patrol Division has plainclothes unmarked patrols to combat street crime problems. Continued attention is given to shopping areas to address the continuing problem of break-ins and thefts of motor vehicles.