What is a Bike Patrol and why would we want one? A
Bike Patrol Unit is a valuable resource, allowing access to areas not
previously accessible by the conventional police cruiser. Bike patrol
officers find that they can go virtually anywhere. The bicycle patrol
unit also increases communication between our officers and the citizens
they encounter during their patrol.
Do they reduce crime? They
are often quite effective. The bike patrol units have had positive
impacts on parks, playgrounds and other areas, allowing citizens to
utilize these areas more safely.
What does it take to start
a Bike Patrol? Creating and maintaining an
effective police bike patrol takes more than just officers and bikes. A
police bike program involves providing officers with the training they
need for varying conditions of activity, traffic, and weather; adding
bike racks to vehicles; providing special lighting equipment for night
patrols; conducting repairs and routine maintenance on the bike fleet;
and purchasing special equipment and uniforms for the officers to bike
in all weather conditions. Plus, some really good bikes!
You may see the Bike Patrol in your neighborhood or
at your business. Remember, they are there also at night. You probably
won't see them, and neither will the prowlers and burglars they arrest
until it's too late!