The sixth light-gun game for their LaserDisc-based ALG platform (after Mad Dog II: The Lost Gold), Crime Patrol switches the theme to contemporary action with law enforcement and counter-terrorism scenarios (similar to the 1993 game Lethal Enforcers). Much of the gameplay is similar to the Mad Dog McCree series, albeit with less randomized elements.
As an unnamed law enforcer, players must rise the ranks of the police force by neutralizing threats in a variety of scenarios (from gangs, up to drug smugglers, bank robbers, and eventually nuclear hijackers). There are four ranks to complete, with three scenarios each (which can be done in any order) and a partner character that aids them. These ranks are Rookie, Undercover, SWAT, and Delta Force.
Along with a direct sequel, the game received ports for the Sega CD, 3DO, CD-i, and MS-DOS PCs between 1993-1996. These ports vary in video quality and support not only compatible light-guns, but also controllers and mouse inputs. It later received a DVD-Video game release by Digital Leisure on November 17, 2001, using higher-definition video and simplistic controls (which has players moving the cursor in larger chunks with a standard DVD remote). The DVD version was later re-packaged with Who Shot Johnny Rock? and Crime Patrol 2: Drug Wars as Crime Fighter 3 Pack.