Police Department, Department Guide
Patrol Services Division, Special Operations, Bike Patrol
Utilizing bicycles to patrol communities is nothing new to policing. Police officers used this tool in the early 20th century. Ironically, the bicycles officers were utilizing then were their own personal property. Late in the century, bicycles were utilized increasingly in areas limited by traffic congestion and for large numbers of people in one area.
The bicycles police agencies use today are specifically made for the work they accomplish. Officers in Longmont utilize these bikes to save on fuel, enhance and personalize community policing efforts, and detect crime that officers can not from patrol cars.
These bikes are nearly silent in their operation, and make it easy for officers to catch fleeing suspects due to their speed advantage and the ability to quickly dismount. These bikes are equipped with front and rear emergency lighting systems, and rear rack and bags to hold equipment.
Due to the extreme weather Colorado can provide, these bikes are used on a limited basis in the Spring, but primarily in the Summer and Fall. They are utilized on city streets as well as at special events and in city parks. The department has ten bikes for officer use and currently has 20 commissioned patrol officers that are authorized to serve in this capacity.
Bicycle officers answer calls
for service and conduct proactive patrol just like any other patrol officer
except they use a bicycle as their primary mode of transportation. The bicycle
allows officers to get into areas not accessible to vehicles and allows for "stealth" patrolling. The bicycle also augments the officers' opportunities
to make one on one contact with the community.
In addition to patrol duties,
the bicycle officers also conduct bicycle safety programs to both children
To contact the coordinator of the bike patrol, you can email or call (303)774-4300 x3284.