Patrol is composed of 4 watches with each watch consisting of:
- 1 Sergeant
- 1 Master Patrol Officer
- At least 3 Officers
Each Watch works a 12-hour tour of duty, with only 1 watch on duty at time. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Patrol officers performs the primary police function of 1st responders.
Patrol officers often are charged with taking immediate action to safe guard the citizens of Liberal. Patrol may then have the responsibility of following through with the situation to reach a successful conclusion unless it is turned over to a specialized unit.
Reserve Officer Program
Reserve officers are volunteer officers who assist the police department in providing services for special events, critical incidents, security, and patrol.
Officers must attend and pass the Kansas part-time officer certification program. Candidates must also pass a strenuous background, drug, and psychological investigation in order to be considered as a reserve officer.