The Patrol Section of the Vernon Hills Police Department is the largest section of the agency. This "core" of the Department is comprised of four shifts of officers. Each shift consists of a Commander and a Sergeant, who have the role of shift supervisors. The Patrol Section is primarily the first response to emergency and non-emergency incidents. (During 2008, the Department responded to 19,502 total calls for service.) Patrol officers routinely conduct preliminary investigations of crimes, enforce traffic laws and promote safety in Vernon Hills.
Patrol officers on the Vernon Hills Police Department work 12-hour shifts, either from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. or from 6 p.m. - 6 a.m. Each shift works as a team, with each member of the team having the same days off. Two teams are assigned to each 12-hour period. When one team is working, the other is off. Each team works for 2 or 3 days and will then be off for the same amount of time while the other team for that time period is on duty.
In addition, there are four officers who are permanently assigned to the noon-midnight time slot during the winter, which changes to two officers working noon-midnight and two officers working 2 p.m. - 2 a.m. during the summer. These officers supplement the regular teams of officers during the busiest times of the day. A Traffic Unit officer is also assigned to each 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. team.
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