BIKE PATROL UNIT
The Southern Connecticut State University Police Department has a five-officer bike patrol unit that was started in 1994. The bike patrol operates all year round and is capable of riding in most weather conditions. The officers are certified police cyclists through International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA).
Started in order to increase visibility and approachability of the officers on campus, the bike patrol unit offers positive community relations and practical approach to patrolling an urban university setting. The unit is a proactive approach to law enforcement and service to the Southern community that allows the officers to interact with students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
The SCSU bike patrol employs law enforcement model 800 Trek 24-speed mountain bikes. These bikes are especially designed for police work and are also designed for high performance riding. Bikes are equipped with the Nite-Rider lighting system, which includes red and white strobe lights with a 115-decibel siren, pedal retention system, and equipment bags to carry the necessary material the officer would need while on patrol.
Bike patrol officers are issued long pants and shorts which are water repellent, jackets that can be broken down to be worn as a vest or half jacket, winter long sleeve shirts, and short sleeve shirts made with "Cool Max" material to keep the officers cool during the hot summer months. All officers are required by law to wear glasses and a helmet while on patrol.
All officers selected for the bike patrol must pass a 40-hour police cyclist course consisting of learning special skills such as balance, obstacle avoidance, dismounts, curb and stair ascends and descends, special patrol techniques, road and group riding, nutrition, and minor bike repair. A certified IPMBA instructor teaches this course.
SCSU is one of nine departments in this state that has a certified IPMBA instructor.
Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to contact any member of the bike patrol concerning bicycle safety and bicycle and helmet sizing for both their family members and themselves.