The Central Connecticut State
University Police Department has a six-officer bike squad that was established
in the summer of 1993. The bike patrol operates 12 months out of the year, 24
hours a day and is capable of riding in almost all weather conditions. The
officers are certified police cyclist's through the (IPMBA) International
Police Mountain Bike Association.
The bike patrol has proved to be beneficial to the campus community and to
the police officers. An approach to policing associated with Community
Oriented Policing, the bike patrol has been very well received by students
because of the added police visibility an approachability of a bike officer.
At the same time, officers enjoy the opportunity to interact with students,
faculty and staff in a positive way. Would-be criminals are not especially
fond of bike patrols because of the mobility and unpredictability of such
Patrolling on a bike gives the officer a great deal of mobility and enables
to quickly and efficiently patrol and respond to areas of campus
that are inaccessible to patrol vehicles but too large for traditional foot
patrols. These are traits that do no endear bike patrol officers to would-be
criminals. The bike officers are able to respond quickly to many service
calls, arrive unnoticed at times, and increase the likelihood of capturing a
The bicycle patrol will not replace the traditional police
vehicle but the program has benefited the University community by returning
the police officer to the "beat"
EQUIPMENT AND STAFFING
The CCSU bike patrol employs Raleigh 24-speed mountain bikes. Six police
officers are qualified to ride and up to two units per shift are in operation.
Bicycles are specially designed for police work. The frames, brakes and
gears have been expressly designed for high performance riding. Both bikes are
equipped with high-tech lighting systems that provide excellent illumination
while on patrol at night. Equipment bag with side pouches are also attached to
provide carrying room for equipment.
Bike officers are issued long and short riding pants, jacket with winter
liner, and polo shirts along with appropriate safety gear. All uniform items
are equipped with proper patches, emblems, insignias and reflective trim.
The bike patrol units operate year round, around the clock --
taking into consideration weather conditions and staffing needs.
All officers selected for this patrol should be in excellent health and
physical condition and be able to pass a physical and/or physical fitness
test. Once selected, officers must achieve perfection in balancing, skid
control, stair descent, hill and curb management, road safety and self defense
techniques in a week-long course taught by a certified instructor. All
officers who complete the course are certified Police Cyclists through the
International Police Mountain Bike Association.