Police Bicycle Patrol

The Smartest way to Reduce Crime on a tight Budget.

Your Bicycle Patrol offers the best way to make up for cutbacks you have had to face recently

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THE BENEFITS OF A BICYCLE PATROL INCLUDE: 

Reduces operating Expenses
Better public safety and backup for foot and auto patrolting costs
Higher mobility and visibility with civilians in congested areas such as special events
Better rapid response in congested civilian areas and areas not assessable by automobile
A healthier and fitter patrol staff as a result of an improved routine cardio vascular workout
The advantage of a stealth, rapid response roll up on a crime in progress
Improved relationships and information gathering with less intimidation than a patrol vehicle

wheelieslogo4.jpgSince our start in 2004, Wheelies have had the privilage of providing quality bicycle services and sales for the Law Enforcement, Emergency Servic. e US Military, YMCA, and Coastal bicycle rental companies.  Wheelies Bicycle and  Mobile Bicycle Repair offers a fleet management program tailored to meet your needsWe also provide technical support for many of the larger non profit associations with event management and assistance. If you would like a free evaluation of your bicycle maintenance or assembly program please fill out the form below or call us at 609-953-9383 or email us @ sales@wheelietore.com

  Where Bicycle Patrols Work Best

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  • High crime areas that need additional rapid responce mobility with stealth approach capbilities
  • Urban incidents where vehicle or pedestrian traffic inhibits traditional response vehicles
  • Off-road emergencies,
  • Rapid search and rescue, preventive patrols on trails  alley’s
  • Medical emergencies if the officers are properly equipped and trained, and if they are close to the incident
  • Crowd Control for special events, demonstrations and  roit control
  • Disasters situations where movement of  response vehicles is inhibited2013_FUJI_Police-Special-29

Do you need a bicycle patrol?  

 
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 If you do not already have a bicycle patrol, Wheelies LLC is the fastest and most economical way to get you started. We can help you cut through all the red tape and research to make your bicycle patrol operational quickly and efficiently. We provide the best bicycle patrol equipment and accessories the industry has to offer. Wheelies works with Fuji Bicycles to offer you their exclusive line of police bikes, as well as other companies who specialize in bags, lights, and other accessories specifically made for the police bicycle.

Wheelies LLC goes beyond sales and service of quality bike products. We can help you find the training for your bicycle patrol to comply with the standards and certifications required for your staff to operate at their fullest potential. Wheelies LLC stays current on all Federal State and Regional events and programs pertaining to Law Enforcement Bicycle Patrol. Wheelies can also assist you in finding the information needed for any federal and state grants that can help your bicycle patrol get started and grow. With Wheelies LLC’s experience and our membership in the
International Police Mountain Bike Association we can supply you with the ongoing and updated resources to continually improve your bicycle patrol.
A police bike patrol is the best thing to add to your budget and bottom line!

Already have a bicycle patrol program and would like to improve on its performance and reduce expenses?

Since 2004, Wheelies LLC has provided a unique and practical way of handling bicycle repair through quality service and sales. Our convenient on-site service and/or complimentary pickup and delivery service provides a more convenient and secure way of handling your bicycle fleet for servicing. We make it so you and your staff are able to keep focus on your responsibilities instead of packing up and dropping off your patrol bikes for repairs or routine maintenance. 

Our commitment to quality, service and sales has given us the opportunity to provide service to the US Military, Law Enforcement and Emergency Service providers in the South Jersey trade area.
  Wheelies LLC offers professional workmanship and a full line of parts and accessories, including the latest police and security products and accessories for the bicycle patrol service.  We work with you to provide fast turnaround times and off season maintenance repairs so your bicycle fleet is not waiting in line at the bike shop for service during the busy season.cropped-van2009.jpg  If a situation arises, and you need service quickly, Wheelies LLC will respond to meet your needs with emergency roadside service.   One of the best ways to keep your existing Patrol Bicycle Fleet in top working condition is with a routine Wheelies Tune Up/Clean Up. This is a 15 point adjustment and lubrications service with safety check.  This will reduce operating cost, improve performance and extend the life of your existing bike fleet.  We carry the Fuji line of quality bicycles designed specifically for law and security application.  Wheelies LLC offers labor warranty on all services and honors and supports all equipment manufacturers warranties sold through Wheelies LLC.
 
If you would like to find out more on how Wheelies LLC can improve your bicycle patrol, please contact us. 
We would be glad to evaluate your requirements
and provide a program tailored to your needs. 

A bicycle patrol is more economical to strart up purchase and maintain

 Where Bicycle Patrols Work Best

  • Off-road emergencies, search and rescue, preventive patrols on trailsBike-police-pursuit
  • Medical emergencies if the officers are properly equipped and trained, and if they are close to the incident
  • Urban incidents where vehicle or pedestrian traffic inhibits traditional response vehicles
  • Special events, such as parades, sporting events, concerts and festivals
  • Demonstrations and crowd control
  • Disasters or situations where movement of traditional response vehicles is inhibited

Source: IACP National Law Enforcement Policy Center. To obtain a copy of the full model bicycle patrol policy, visit www.ipmba.org.

 

1. Bikes are less threatening than patrol vehicles:The novelty of a police officer on a bike is often enough to start overcoming the negative perceptions that some members of a culturally diverse campus population have about law enforcement.

Unlike patrol vehicles, which often reinforce these perceptions, bicycle patrols give an opportunity for a new impression (Menton, 2007). Most of the negative attributes associated with vehicle patrol officers – flashing lights, double parking and a noticeable wait time between arriving on scene and attending to the issue – are not associated with bicycle officers. As a result, those who come in contact with bike officers may be more cooperative and willing to listen.

2. Other bicyclists are more accepting of bike patrol officers: Cyclists can connect with bicycle officers on different levels than vehicle patrol officers. They may be more receptive to education and/or enforcement efforts related to cycling behavior and more apt to follow advice on how to prevent bike theft. These individuals might develop a camaraderie with bike patrol officers that would not occur with law enforcement personnel riding in their cars. This camaraderie is important to community-oriented policing.

3. Bicycle patrols result in more than twice as many contacts with the public than vehicle patrols (Menton, 2007): Students, faculty and staff are more likely to talk about legal matters, directions, parking information, or ask for information from a campus bicycle patrol officer. These positive contacts help counter stereotypes of police officers as “out to get you” and reinforce efforts to establish relationships of trust between the community and the department.

4. Bicycle police/security uniforms help officers to quickly transition from their traditional law enforcement duties to more service oriented work: There is no doubt that the dressed down yet authoritative appearance of a bicycle officer’s shorts and shirt provides a campus constituent with a different, less threatening experience. Agencies can opt for the traditional “Class A” style or a more relaxed golf-style shirt depending on their desired image.

5. Perpetrators don’t notice bike patrols: Individuals who break the law normally are not looking for bicycle officers. They are concerned with marked and unmarked squad cars (Kariya, 2004). Any bicycle patrol officer will relate story after story of riding up to crimes in progress, unnoticed or unrecognized by the perpetrators until the very last moment.

6. Bike patrols 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. University and college campuses are characterized by car-free zones, clusters of buildings with limited vehicle access, constant construction, events of all kinds, texting pedestrians, and people skateboarding and even bicycling into traffic.

Responding to calls in a motor vehicle can take a great deal of time, and often the car can’t access a remote location or is blocked by pedestrians or other barriers. As for events, whether the situation is a sporting event, concert or student protest, bicycle police have the unmatched ability to be in the center of crowds with the means to get to other areas quickly.

7. Bicycle officers can use all of their senses to detect illegal activity: Bicycle officers encounter crime as it is happening and can see, hear and even smell clues that lead them to areas where crimes are being committed.

Brad Miller, a Lewisburg bicycle officer, describes his apprehension of a suspect, saying, “As I began to ride past a building, a [Bucknell University Public Safety] car pulled alongside. Right then, I heard something in the bushes. That’s right. I HEARD something that the officer in the car would never have heard,” (Miller, 2006).

8. Cycles have other uses: While essential for community policing initiatives, bike patrols can be integrated into other operations and initiatives. Targeted enforcement, surveillance, traffic enforcement, and public order are just a few ways in which bike officers can be deployed.

Even in unruly crowd situations, bike officers have a unique ability to develop a rapport with the members, defusing situations before they get out of control. When they do, bike patrol officers can not only maintain swift response times, but their bicycles can become a useful barrier. Bicycle officers are trained to hold up their bicycles at chest level while standing next to another bicycle officer. When the command is given, the bicycle officers march as one unit with the very sturdy, very light bicycle frame used as a shield (Goetz, 2002).

9. Bicycles cost much less to purchase and maintain than traditional patrol cars: The average fully equipped police bike costs around $1,000 and, properly maintained, will last for years. They don’t need gas for operation, nor the full-sized parking spaces required by other vehicles.

10. Bikes provide environmental and health benefits: Because bike patrols run on human power rather than gas, their carbon footprint is much smaller than patrol cars. With zero emissions and less need for pavement, bicycle patrols may be an attractive option for campuses with green initiatives.

Additionally, bike patrol officers tend to be healthier and more physically fit than their car-bound brethren. This has the side benefit of improving the department’s image and cutting down on donut jokes.

Where Bicycle Patrols Work Best

  • Off-road emergencies, search and rescue, preventive patrols on trails
  • Medical emergencies if the officers are properly equipped and trained, and if they are close to the incident
  • Urban incidents where vehicle or pedestrian traffic inhibits traditional response vehicles
  • Special events, such as parades, sporting events, concerts and festivals
  • Demonstrations and crowd control
  • Disasters or situations where movement of traditional response vehicles is inhibited

Source: IACP National Law Enforcement Policy Center. To obtain a copy of the full model bicycle patrol policy, visit www.ipmba.org.


Where Bicycle Patrols Won’t Work

  • Traffic accidents with vehicles that can’t be moved
  • High-risk felony motor vehicle stops
  • Situations in which the lack of cover typically afforded by a motor vehicle would be deleterious. Response to such situations may be permitted where exigent circumstances exist and motorized units are not readily available, or as backup where patrol vehicles are already on the scene.

Source: IACP National Law Enforcement Policy Center. To obtain a copy of the full model bicycle patrol policy, visit www.ipmba.org.

Christopher Bennett is a public safety bicycle patrol officer at DePauw University and Maureen Becker is executive director of the International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA). For more information on IPMBA, visit www.ipmba.org.

First photo courtesy Christopher Bennett; second photo courtest iStockphoto.com.

Bicycle Patrols Versus Car Patrols by Chris Menton, Associate Professor Roger Williams University

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