Patrol Division

The backbone of any police organization is its Patrol Division.

The department handles over 60,000 calls for service each year, and the vast majority of those calls are handled initially by officers in the Patrol Division. 53 of the department’s 85 sworn officers are assigned to this division.

Patrol officers work 10-hour rotating shifts. Three lieutenants work rotating shifts and serve as watch commanders. We believe in the team concept and officers are assigned to one of six teams. The supervisor of each team is a sergeant. Teams working together day in and day out develop a closeness and familiarity with one another that enables them to more effectively handle emergencies and stressful situations. Members of the team are usually assigned to work a specific area of the city for long periods of time. This allows the officer to (1) become well acquainted with the area and the people living and working in it, and (2), it decreases arrival times when responding to calls.

Orem patrol vehicles are equipped with in-car computers and printers that allow officers to run records checks, print citations, and type routine reports in their car. Having access to the computer helps keep officers out in the community instead of at the station doing paperwork.Image

Nationally, it is recommended that a police department maintain a ratio of two officers for every 1000 residents to adequately provide services to their community. With a current population of 90,000, the Orem Department of Public Safety is able to provide our service at a ratio of less than one officer per 1000 residents. Much of the credit for the department’s ability to operate at these staffing levels goes the quality of citizens living and doing business in Orem, but the administrators, officers, and employees working for the department also deserve credit for the quality of their service and the professional way they provide it.


Orem City

Orem, UT // 56 North State Street // Phone: 801.229.7000

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About Orem City

The City of Orem was organized in 1919 and named after Walter C. Orem, President of the Salt Lake and Utah Railroad. Orem is now the commercial and technological center for Central Utah and is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States. Housing, educational, and employment opportunities continue to be in high demand as Orem's population approaches 91,000 residents.

The City of Orem is located on the eastern shore of Utah Lake and extends on the east to Provo and the foothills of Mount Timpanogos. It shares the general location with Provo, and its history is closely related to that of Provo. Its recent explosive development and growth have resulted in Orem's population exceeding 88,000 people, according to 2010 census figures making it the fifth-largest city in Utah.