The Greenwood Police Department integrated the use of bicycles into its patrol operations during fall of 2005. The Bike Unit employs the use of specially designed and outfitted mountain bikes.
GPD bicycles are outfitted with aggressive all-terrain tires and off-road suspension systems. The bicycles are also equipped with headlights and a rear rack with a compact duty bag.
Officers assigned to the Bicycle Unit must complete a specialized 32-hour training course and complete a bi-annual 8-hour refresher-training course to maintain bicyclist-officer certification. Police Cyclist training includes instruction on operating the bicycle through various skills courses, up and down stairs, over obstacles, multi-mile endurance rides, bicycle maintenance skills, and rider physical conditioning and health concerns.
In August of 2006, Bike Unit Officers completed an extensive Bike Patrol Training Course in Lima, Ohio. The course included training in advanced bicycle handling skills, firearms skills, bike patrol tactics, and officer survival. Classroom sessions include community policing, safety and liability, health & fitness, and bicycle maintenance.
Bicycle officers can exercise the option to ride throughout the entire year, dependant upon weather conditions and staffing. The Bike Patrol Unit is an additional facet of the department's proactive approach to law enforcement and service to the community. Since its inception, the Bike Patrol Unit has become an invaluable asset. The Bike Patrol furthers community relations by increasing the police officer’s visibility and approachability.
This unit’s inherent mobility allows for increased efficiency in patrolling community-active and residential communities. Furthermore, due to the agility, speed and stealth-like characteristics of the bicycles, officers assigned to the Bike Patrol Unit are able to quietly and quickly surprise suspects engaged in the act of committing crimes.