The Lancaster City Bureau of Police currently has 15 patrol bikes and around 30 officers trained to use them. All officers in this unit are required to attend the International Police Mountain Bike Association and receive a certification after completing the Police Cyclist Course. The 7-day course provides officers with essential training on bike tactics, scenarios, maintenance, and how to navigate at night.
The Bike Patrol Unit is a great addition to the Bureau as it is a cost-effective, environmentally friendly way to patrol Lancaster City neighborhoods. This unit is an effective tool in deterring crime and promoting community-oriented policing in our city.
Bike Patrol is a versatile unit that can quickly respond to law enforcement and other emergency needs. Officers can operate bikes on sidewalks, streets, and footpaths and easily navigate through crowded areas and around obstacles that could block vehicles in their pursuit. Riding patrol bikes allows police officers to establish a visible presence in inaccessible areas to patrol cars.
Bike Patrol Duties
- Patrolling neighborhoods, parks, playgrounds, and special events
- Enforcing city and state ordinances
- Responding to service calls
- Pursuing wanted suspects
- Enhancing community relations