The Patrol Division functions as the most visible unit of the department, aspiring to serve the community in a competent and professional manner. Patrol officers are often the initial and perhaps the only representative of the Police Department dealing with the public. The Patrol Division consists of 21 officers, including six sergeants, who cover approximately 18 square miles of the City of Hastings. The patrol officers normally work an eleven-hour workday and may choose between three different shifts (days, afternoons and nights.) The patrol officers are responsible for a wide variety of duties including enforcement of traffic laws, conducting initial investigations, and responding to complaints/crimes such as burglaries, suspicious activities, alarms and domestics. Additionally, officers perform several non-emergency duties such as patrolling parks and neighborhoods, conducting business checks and performing crime prevention education.