The Bicycle Patrol Unit was established in 1996 in an effort to provide high visibility preventative patrol in the city's neighborhoods, commercial areas and parks, especially at times when families are most likely to be using the city's recreational facilities.
With funding from a U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Policing Grant, the Police Department was able to purchase, equip, and train five officers with specially designed bicycles for use within the City.
Providing community-policing outreach through interaction with scouting groups, elementary schools, and the Parks and Recreation programs, the Bicycle Patrol Unit also works all major events within the City including the City-sponsored "Festivals In the Park," and the Memorial Day Parade. The Bicycle Patrol Unit has also assisted in bicycle safety programs in conjunction with the local school districts and several major businesses throughout the city. The Bicycle Patrol Unit stresses the importance of bicycle safety and encourages helmet use at all times on bicycles, roller blades and skateboards.
The Bicycle Patrol Unit Officers have received special training geared for Police Officers riding in congested areas and in all types of weather conditions. This forty (40) hour training course is certified by the International Police Mountain Bike Association.
Public Relations Service
The Bicycle Patrol Unit has been highly successful in their proactive approach to solving problems within the community while providing a wonderful public relations service for the Police Department.