The Bike Patrol has been a component of the Patrol Division at the Dickinson Police Department for almost 20 years. There are currently 4 bikes that the bike patrol uses: 2 Trek’
s, 1 Smith & Wesson, and 1 GT. Officers have the availability to use patrol cars in addition to riding bike. Officers attach a removable bike rack to the trunk of a patrol vehicle. This allows the officer to ride bike and still respond to calls over a longer distance.
Bike Patrol officers ride for special events, such as Roughrider Days, Alive @ 5, softball tournaments, and parades. With the recent addition of patrol car availability for the bike patrol, officers will now ride beyond the scope of special events and incorporate the bike patrol into normal shifts throughout the summer months.
Advantages of Bike Patrol:
- Officers come in closer contact with the community. The bike is an excellent public relations tool for the officers.
- People are more comfortable approaching an officer on bike versus an officer in a squad car.
- Officers are able to approach areas with a more quiet, stealthier approach. Officers often encounter illegal activity far before suspects realize the presence of officers.
- Bikes save the taxpayers money on fuel and maintenance costs of the squad cars.
- Bikes can access areas too small or out-of-view for the squad cars.
- Officers can also better enforce bicycle laws and promote bike safety while on the bike.