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(out) on patrol

away from a central location, watching over a distant or assigned area. (Said especially of police and soldiers.) Officer Smith is out on patrol and cannot see you now. The soldiers who are on patrol on this snowy night must be very cold.
See also: on, patrol

bush patrol

1. n. a session of necking and petting. (Here patrol has the military meaning of assignment.) Martha and Paul spent the evening on bush patrol.
2. n. an imaginary search through campus shrubbery to flush out the necking couples. Bush patrol starts at midnight, so be in by then.
See also: bush, patrol
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The discussion of patrols and patrolling in the new manual is not totally new.
Unable to staff numerous deputy positions, the Sheriff's Department will continue to patrol the Metrolink system, requiring deputies to leave the county and travel as far as San Bernardino and Oxnard.
Some of the fault lies with policies of Customs and Border Protection, which includes the Border Patrol.
Law enforcement agencies have used saturation patrols much longer than checkpoints, sometimes under a different name or no name at all.
Patrols work in a very friendly team and many patrols have been with the service for a number of years and are now crossing second generations of families.
Slave Patrols is a valuable resource for scholars seeking to learn more about some neglected aspects of southern (and American) history.
Facilitate scouting activity and navigation of patrols using the display of a digital map and 3D surface model of the operation area
So the Simi Valley Police Department is increasing its patrols of shopping centers in the city, including the Simi Valley Town Center mall.
Finally, by establishing goals and priorities to determine where they need police patrols, officers can attack these hot spots in an effective and efficient manner.
Sobriety checkpoints are in addition to the overtime DUI saturation patrols and increased patrols statewide.
Palmdale sheriff's officials are applying for an $81,000 state grant to expand the off-road patrols.
It should be noted, however, that in the Newark Foot Patrol Experiment, researchers recorded a significant reduction in citizens' fear of typical street crimes and an increase in generalized feelings of personal safety when foot patrols (as opposed to motor patrols) were deployed.
We will now have one of the leading state highway patrols carrying an M-26 in each of their cars, a development that we believe could lead a trend for other highway patrols across the country," said Rick Smith, Chief Executive Officer of TASER International, Inc.
The number of Mexican immigrants trying to illegally cross into Arizona has fallen sharply since highly publicized civilian patrols took up desert positions, but authorities on Wednesday credited stepped-up government patrols on both sides of the border for the drop in traffic.
In addition, periodic saturation patrols and driver's license checkpoints can place a strong police presence in these areas.