Officers are generally assigned to patrol duties throughout the entire City of Indianola. Primary duties include the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances. Functions performed by the patrol officer include conducting presence and detection patrols designed to detect and deter crime, arrest violators as appropriate, note suspicious activity in the area and take action as necessary. The officer responds to the scene of crimes and motor vehicle accidents and files reports as required by departmental procedures and/or rules and regulations.
Other duties are to render first aid when necessary, directs traffic, question witnesses and suspects, makes court appearances as required. Officers maintain order in crowds and assist other law enforcement agencies when requested.
Officers also conduct public relations programs and functions in the community such as internet crimes information, K-9 demonstrations, bicycle safety programs, and alcohol and drug prevention.