The police chief of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says the force is providing enough service in Conception Bay South, even if it isn't visible publicly.
A business owner in the community said last week that he'd like to see a stronger police presence in the area.
However, RNC Chief Robert Johnston said policing these days is more specialized and intelligence-based.
He said there may be officers working in C.B.S. who simply go unseen by residents.
There are two actual patrol cars that operate 24/7. At the same time, we have many vehicles up there that may be working doing surveillance," Johnston said.
"People may not necessarily know they're there in some cases because they're working — they're dealing with specific types of investigations."
Johnston said mobile teams, computer forensic officers, major crime and traffic units all support the officers patrolling C.B.S.