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What are the pros and cons of one-officer versus two-officer patrols?

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Obviously there are benefits to a two-officer patrol. It is much safer and more effective to have multiple officers on the scene in every possible situation. For one, they can protect one another in the event of a dangerous occurrence. For another, they can both provide aid, or one can provide aid while the other pursues an assailant or radios for backup.

However, the unfortunate reality is that there are usually not enough officers to staff two-officer patrols. Typically, police forces are overburdened financially and have to make due with the few officers they have; they then try to spread the patrol out as wide as...

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