Uniform Patrol is the backbone of the Bensenville Police Department with all other division supporting the activities of patrol. Uniform Patrol Officers respond to calls for police services as well as taking initial criminal investigative reports. Patrol officers are the first to respond to all critical incidents and are responsible for the handling of the situation until assistance arrives. Quick response times to citizen requests are important to the Uniform Patrol Division.
Uniform Patrol is divided into 3 8-hour shifts. The shifts, when fully complimented, contain a Sergeant, Patrol Beat Officers, Rover (back up officer(s)), and a desk officer when on light duty. During peak days, the streets can be patrolled, in addition to the Patrol Officers, by a Tactical Team, Detectives, and a Crime Prevention Officer. Chief Kosman also places directed Patrol Officer(s) to different areas.
The Village of Bensenville is divided into three separate areas for patrol assignments, Beat 1 (north of Irving Park Road), Beat 2 (south of Wood St to Grand Ave), and Beat 3 (middle of town: south of Irving Park Rd south to Wood St). At times, Beat 3 does not operate and the town is divided by north of the railroad and south of the railroad (Beat 1 and Beat 2 expand).
The areas are based on the total number of calls for service each year in an effort to balance out the work loads for the officers and to add attention to higher reported crime areas. These areas are reviewed regularly by the shift commanders and the Chief of Police. Officers are not assigned to the same area daily in an effort to keep them familiar with the neighborhood problems of the entire Village.