There are many benefits to having a bicycle patrol officer. The most often mentioned are visibility and mobility. The visibility of an officer on a bicycle cannot be matched. With this visibility also comes an increase in human contact with the community. They know people by name, and this allows officers to be proactive in fighting crime, rather than reactive. Bicycle Patrol Officers can be much more aware of concerns before they escalate into problems. An officer can move quickly through a crowd while on a bike, and can find short cuts, etc., where a patrol car would have very limited mobility in the same situation.
This same mobility also adds “stealth,” advantages to bike patrols versus patrol vehicles. An officer on a bike is much smaller, quieter, and can go places that are not easily accessible to patrol vehicles. Also, a person fleeing from an officer generally can’t out run an officer on a bike.
Our bike patrol division performs the same security duties as normal security officers. They can be armed or unarmed depending upon the need. They are fit and are able to ride upwards of 20-30 miles per day comfortably.
Bicycle Patrol Officers Can Go Where Traditional Patrol Vehicles Can’t
One of the biggest advantages to bicycle patrol is its ability to navigate swiftly around a campus, avoiding obstacles and hazards that would stop a patrol vehicle in its tracks. Responding to calls in a patrol car can take considerably more time, and often the car can’t access a remote location or is blocked by pedestrians or other barriers.
Places Bike Patrols Cover:
- Office buildings
- Manufacturing facilities
- Retail centers
- Apartment complexes
- Parking lots