The Patrol Bureau as in any police agency is the backbone of our service. Officers assigned to this Bureau respond to dispatched calls through the 911 system, and through our Intelligence Led Policing Function they direct their patrol efforts at reducing the incidents of disorder and crime. The Patrol Bureau is comprised of four Platoons of officers with two supplemental patrol squads that provide an increased number of available police officers during the time identified as our highest need for officers based on work analysis. Each Platoon is comprised of two squads of officers each headed by a Sergeant. These officers provide round the clock police service to the Township of Evesham in a committed and effective manner.
The Patrol Bureau responds to all calls for service – criminal complaints (both in progress and past tense), motor vehicle accidents, medical emergencies, fire calls, quality of life/neighborhood issues and reports of suspicious activity. Patrol Officers conduct preventative patrols, secure crime scenes, conduct minor investigations, apprehend suspects at in progress crimes, investigate motor vehicle accidents, provide traffic control, render emergency aid to the injured and investigate suspicious activities.
Lieutenant Joseph Friel serves as the Patrol Bureau Commander.Lieutenant Friel has been with the Evesham Police Department since 1998. Prior to that he served 1 year with the Pitman Borough Police Department. He attended the Gloucester County College and is currently working on his Bachelors.
Prior to his appointment to the Patrol Bureau, Lieutenant Friel served as supervisor of the Investigative Bureau for 3 years. He also served 6 years as a K-9 handler, with his partner Justice.