Title: Reactive Patrol Response

Course: CJS210

Submitted by: Travis Hance

Instructor: Jason Garner

What is Reactive Patrol?

Reactive patrol is a type of police interaction in which officers respond to calls for service after the incident has already occurred. Reactive patrols became more and more prevalent after the invention of both the radio and the automobile. While both inventions have drastically improved the ability of officers to respond to problems, and even cover a larger patrol area, they also have reduced the amount of personal interaction that officers have with residents and business owners in the area.

How does Reactive Patrol differ from Proactive Patrol? Reactive patrol differs from Proactive patrol in that it responds to a problem, while Proactive patrol analyzes patterns, interacts with the community, and looks to prevent crimes before they happened.

What would happen if policing agencies adopted only one of these patrol styles? Police agencies that adopted only one style would ultimately be predictable. While many might argue that criminals are not that intelligent merely by their choice of lifestyle, they are remarkably adept at understanding and predicting law enforcement activities that are easily understood by the practiced eye. Departments must therefore employ vague and varied practices. Both Reactive and Proactive patrol methodology is therefore necessary in order to ensure that criminals cannot anticipate law enforcement activity.