About the Bike Patrol
June 15th, 1996, marked the beginning of the Bike Patrol Unit. This unit was developed because of a need to place officers closer to the community while keeping them mobile enough to be effective patrol officers.
Members are assigned to the general patrol of high crime areas, answering calls for service, patrolling the bike trails, and traffic enforcement. The unit is also used to promote bicycle safety on the city bikeways and streets.
The Bike Patrol Unit consists of full-time police officers that have volunteered for the position.
These officers were chosen after undergoing a selection process that reveals individuals who are highly motivated, self-supervising, as well as highly productive.
Officers Currently Serving
- Unit Supervisor Lieutenant Tim Smith
- Lieutenant Marty Beckner
- Officer Katie Burkhardt
- Officer Nick Puls
- Officer Zach Ladage
- Officer Gavin Carman
- Officer Shea McNamara
- Mike Marcotte
- Kendall Schwan
Police Mountain Bike Certification School
All of these officers attended a week-long Police Mountain Bike Certification School, which is hosted by the Cedar Rapids Police Department.
This school covered the different concepts of:
- Police mountain biking
- Physical fitness
- Mountain bike nomenclature
- Biking skills
Requirements for Certification
Officers that attend this school must pass a written test on police mountain biking, as well as a biking skills test.
About the Bikes
The Police Mountain Bike Unit uses Treck, 24-speed, mountain bikes that were purchased from Europa Cycle and Ski in Cedar Falls.
- Red and blue emergency lights
- Headlights and taillights
- Equipment bags which contain: first aid kits, citation books, wet weather gear, officer's personal effects
Bike Patrol During Summertime
During the months of April through November, unit members are able to carry their bikes on Thule bike racks attached to their squad cars while they are on patrol.When officers arrive in their assigned patrol area they have the option of patrolling in either their squad car or on bike.
The Bike Patrol is heavily relied upon for assistance with several community events including the Sturgis Falls Celebration, College Hill Arts Festival, Cedar Valley Trails Festival, and the University of Northern Iowa’s Homecoming Celebration.Unit members are also responsible for numerous drug related arrests in areas that are inaccessible by squad car.