The Bike Patrol established in 1995, as apart of our Community Policing Focus, entirely funded by a Community Policing Grant issued by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety, the unit currently has 15 officers assigned to it. All bike patrol officers were sent to C.O.B.W.E.B (“Cops On Bikes With an Education Bicycling”) training. The Mountain Bike Unit serves to expand the departments’ community policing program.
The mountain bikes are used for many different town functions including parades, festivals, crowd control, traffic control, and directed patrol. This type of patrol becomes highly effective in grid lock traffic, off road areas, alleyways, and other areas that are inaccessible to patrol cars. The police officer can dismount the bike at anytime, and pedal throughout the neighborhoods, plaza’s, condominium’s / apartment complex’s, and off road paths. When an officer is on a mountain bike he/she is much more approachable than when operating a cruiser. This greatly increases interaction with the citizens of the community.