June 29, 2015
UCPD Adds to its Bike Patrol
Recognizing the community policing benefits of officers patrolling on bikes, the UCPD has increased the number of officers trained and certified to serve on its bike patrol.
Ten officers recently completed the IPMBA (International Police Mountain Bike Association) Police Cyclist Course, bringing the UCPD’s total number of bike patrol officers to 25, or approximately one-third of its ranks.
“Not only is biking good for the environment, it’s a really good community policing tool as well,” said Assistant Chief of Police Gloria S. Graham. “People are more likely to talk to an officer who is on a bike rather than in a car. Bikes break down the barriers that cars automatically have.”
The 32-hour course, taught by instructors from Indiana State University, combines classroom and in-the-field training. Officers learn maneuvers and skills on their bikes, basic maintenance, and how to respond to scenarios they may encounter while out on patrol.
To support the growth in bike patrol members, the UCPD purchased 10 additional bikes. The UCPD also split the cost of the training with the University of Illinois at Chicago’s police department who also sent several officers for training.