The Concord Police started their Bike Patrol Unit in 1996 with five patrol officers. Since that time the unit has swelled to twelve officers. In the last 18 years, the unit has undergone some significant changes by way of uniform appearance, staffing, equipment and deployment. Even with all this change, grounding in the ideals of Community Policing has remained constant for the Bike Patrol Unit.
The CPD Bike Unit has been utilized during foot races, parades, civic demonstrations, community events, traffic enforcement objectives and neighborhood crime prevention initiatives.
Each Bike Officer is assigned their own bike and equipment. All Bike Officers receive specialized in house bicycle patrol training and receive clear direction with regard to departmental and community expectations. These expectations include community policing projects and targeted enforcement objectives. The Unit prides itself on its adaptability and mobility as well as its high output of community and citizen contacts. The Concord Police Bike Unit is comprised of officers who are highly motivated, tenacious, self-starters that must be willing to maintain and adhere to the high standards adopted by the Unit.
Since 2012, the emphasis was to improve the overall functionality of the Bike Patrol Unit by:
2013 BIKE PATROL UNIT STATISTICS
During the summer of 2013, the Bike Unit continued to address complaints from citizens in the south end regarding various criminal activity occurring in their neighborhoods. Additionally, the CPD Bike Unit was instrumental in addressing ongoing camping and trespassing issues in the downtown areas of the City. The Unit was deployed using enhanced enforcement initiatives in the affected areas. These deployments proved to be effective enforcement tools which led to the immediate arrest of offenders. These deployments had a direct impact on the deterrence of criminal activity in those areas and positive feedback from citizens.
NEW FOR 2014 BICYCLING SEASON
The Department has continued to increase awareness in bicycle safety, education and training. This bicycling season the Bike Unit has continued to provide literature about bike safety to the community. In addition to taking enforcement action, this season the Bike Unit continued to make a positive impact and connection with citizens and business owners. The Bike Unit added blue LED mini lights to the bicycles, which increased visibility for the bike officers while conducting patrol and traffic operations.
The City of Concord was granted the bronze star for being a bicycle friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists. Having law enforcement involved in the community's bicycling programs along with enforcement efforts is one of the five judgment criteria in being considered for this award. The Department looks forward to continuing this tradition.