The Patrol Division, as in most agencies, is the backbone of the Department. Twenty-four hours each day, seven days a week, police officers patrol the streets of Oregon City. Responding to calls from the 911 dispatch center, officers investigate a wide variety of calls from shoplifting and thefts, to assaults and robberies. When not responding to calls for service or traffic crashes, officers patrol all portions of the city. The frequency of patrol for certain areas of the city may be higher based on past calls for service or crime analysis information. Officers are also on the lookout for traffic violators and known wanted criminals. The Patrol Division's ability to effectively respond to and resolve community concerns provides an invaluable service to the citizens of Oregon City.
The Oregon City Police Department has several officers who are trained in Bike Patrol. These officers ride bikes during special events, including parades and festivals. An officer on a bicycle is highly mobile and able to respond quickly in heavy foot or vehicular traffic. The officer can provide focused patrols in problem areas and can check areas that might be otherwise overlooked by a patrol vehicle.
Throughout the year, during special events, extra officers are placed on duty. These events include concerts and movies in the park, First City Celebration, BrewFest, National Night Out, three-day holiday weekends, New Year's Eve, the Fourth of July, and other special occasions.