As the backbone of the Police Department, the Patrol Division is tasked with the initial response to any call for service. The primary task of the Patrol Division is the immediate protection of life and property, whether in an emergency or in situations which may become emergent without police intervention.


The Patrol Division has 55 uniformed officers, working in shifts, to provide police services to the citizens of Norristown, and anyone else within the corporate boundaries of Norristown.

Services & Goals

These services are provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is always the goal of the Patrol Division to intercede before situations get out of control, and to deescalate situations that are already out of control, as quickly and professionally as possible, in accordance with the Rights and Liberties Guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, while enforcing all laws and ordinances.

Patrol Candidates

To be considered a candidate for a police officer position these minimum requirements must be met:

  • Be at least 21 years of age before the deadline for submitting completed applications
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Possess a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.)
  • Possess a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license prior to appointment
  • Be physically and mentally fit to perform the duties of police officer
  • All applicants must either have successfully completed the training and education prescribed by the Municipal Police Education and Training Act (Act 120), 53 Pa.C.S.A. § 2161 et seq., or  be eligible for Act 120 Certification