Beat Cop


What is a beat cop? Thats when an officer is assigned to a specific area to walk on foot during patrol. It's also known as " walking the beat".

Most people conjure up images of officers riding around in cars going lights and sirens, but being assigned to walk the beat can be advantageous as well.

We touched on some of this earlier, in the community partnerships portion of this site, but lets get into it with a little more detail.


We touched on some of this earlier, in the community partnerships portion of this site, but lets get into it with a little more detail.

First off, if you are assigned to beat cop duties, make sure you are properly clothed. It's common sense, but if its cool out, dress warmly. Don't say, "if it gets cold, I'll just duck into a coffee shop to warm up." You never know what you may come across, and if for some reason you get stuck in an alley with some suspect, or standing by a scene, you're screwed.

If it's the summer, make sure you have sunscreen on. Remember, you're not going to be able to rely on the shade and air conditioning provided to you by a police cruiser. And don't forget the shades...

There are a few benefits to being a beat cop. First off, because you are walking around in an area, its sometimes much easier to come across items of interest and suspicious behavior.

I know, it sounds wrong, cause you're not in a car and can't get to areas quickly. But bad guys are always watching the streets for a cruiser. It's almost like people are programmed to watch for the car but not the actual cop.

If you're on the beat, just walk into a sketchy area and find an alcove or someplace to just stand quietly for a bit. Things will sometimes seem to happen all around you without you having to look for it. (Obviously not all the time, but it can be pretty interesting)

People will walk into the area from an adjacent building, around the corner, out of a sketchy alley etc... If you're hidden away they won't see you, and will go about their business not knowing that you're there. Maybe they'll start dealing or smoking up right in front of you.


You can also get to know people in the area because you will be much more approachable.

Click here to see how beat officers can help create a pro police neighborhood..

It's easier for a citizen to speak to an officer when he or she is on foot rather than in a cruiser driving by. You can come across information from people who get to know you and realize that you are there to help.


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