Bike Patrol

The Bristol Police Department Bicycle Patrol Unit began in 2001 when a majority of the full-time officers were trained in the vast array of maneuvers on a police mountain bike.

Officers on bicycles afford our department members the opportunity to communicate with our residents and tourists more frequently than when on patrol in a police car. When you see a Bristol Police Officer on bike patrol, do not hesitate to speak with him or her regarding any issue or question you may have.

Services
The Bicycle Patrol is part of the Patrol Division and provides the Bristol Police Department with a community-oriented crime prevention tool.

During the summer months, bike officers concentrate patrol in the downtown and waterfront areas when these areas experience an increase in tourism to shops, restaurants and taverns. The Bicycle Patrol is responsible for the safety of the patrons who frequent these establishments and to keep the peace for those who reside in the surrounding area.

The Bicycle Patrol is instrumental in crowd control during the busy Fourth of July festivities. Due to the large volume of pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic during the weeks surrounding the Fourth of July, the Bicycle Patrol is increased and kept busy responding to calls where police cruisers have difficultly maneuvering.

Training & Instruction
In July 2005, Captain Brian C. Burke and Detective Adam Clifford attended the Police Cyclist Instructor Course at George Washington University in Washington, DC. This course was instructed by the International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA).

Captain Burke and Detective Clifford currently instruct a 40-hour Police Cyclist Course yearly. Officers who are selected for the training must be highly motivated, in excellent physical condition and must successfully complete a comprehensive written and on-bike test. The course consists of riding up and down stairs, suspect takedowns, cone courses, basic bicycle maintenance and other aspects unique to that of a police bike officer.

Types of Arrests
Since the inception of the Bristol Police Bicycle Unit, bike officers have made arrests for narcotics violations, disorderly conduct, DUI, domestic violence, vandalism and assault. The Bicycle Patrol Unit strives to maintain a positive relationship between the Police Department and the community while ensuring that the quality of life for the Town’s residents is maintained.