The Bike Patrol Unit was first instituted in 1992 and at the time was
a volunteer unit. Officers who wished participate were given a temporary
duty assignment for a month at a time on the bike. The unit continued
this way until it became a full-time unit in 1995 with 4 officers
being permanently assigned to the unit. The officers assigned to
the unit use mountain bikes as their main form of transportation.
The inherent value of having officers on bicycle patrol is that
it provides high visibility, accessibility, and increased mobility.
The bicycle patrol has provided the officers with the perfect vehicle
for problem solving policing, by allowing interaction with the general
public on a daily basis.
The Bike Patrol Unit is also involved in a number of other community
oriented programs. The unit conducts bicycle rodeos, bicycle safety
programs for local schools and organizations, assists with Neighborhood/Business
Watch, along with many other programs.
Bike officers use multi-speed mountain bikes made by Cannondale,
for law enforcement use. The unit currently utilizes both full
suspension and front only suspension bicycles. In addition, all
of the bicycles are equipped with lights for night riding, a rack,
and a bag to carry equipment. Officers are issued helmets, gloves,
bicycling shoes and summer and winter uniforms.
All officers assigned to the Bike
Patrol Unit must complete an approved 40 hour mountain bike rider
course. This course is based on the nationally recognized Law
Enforcement Bicycle Association (LEBA) training curriculum. The
week long school is taught by certified instructors from the Orlando
Police Department, in conjunction with the Criminal Justice Institute.
If you have any questions regarding the Bike Patrol Unit or any of it's programs, please contact Sgt. Frank Cowart at 407-599-3248 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.