Preventive Police, also
called Uniform Branch, Uniformed Police, Uniform Division,
Administrative Police, Order Police, or Patrol, designates the police
which patrol and respond to emergencies and other incidents, as opposed
to detective services.
As the name "uniformed"
suggests, they wear uniforms and perform functions that require an
immediate recognition of an officer's legal authority, such as traffic
control, stopping and detaining motorists, and more active crime
response and prevention.
Preventive police almost
always make up the bulk of a police service's personnel. In Australia,
Malaysia and Britain, patrol personnel are also known as "general
duties" officers. Atypically, Brazil's preventive police are known as