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The Brooklyn Police Department Bicycle Unit consists of 9 officers. Almost all of these officers are IPMBA (International Police Mountain Bike Association) Trained.
Mountain bicycles are one of the fastest growing trends in law enforcement today. Quiet, cost efficient, and amazingly effective, mountain bikes are able to bridge the gap between automobiles and foot patrol. Experience has shown that citizens are more likely to approach a bike patrol officer than even a neighborhood beat officer, optimizing community oriented or problem oriented policing efforts. Bicycle officers are better able to use all of their senses, including smell and hearing to detect and address crime. Bike patrol officers are often able to approach suspects virtually unnoticed, even in full uniform.
Mountain bikes have proven effective in a number of different environments. They are swift and agile in busy urban areas where traffic snarls and crowds delay motorized units. Bikes are also effective in less urban areas for park patrol, parking lots, residential patrol, business security, athletic or civic events, and specialized details such as, Safe Routes to School. They can be operated on streets, sidewalks, alleys, trails, and in any areas that are difficult to access with motor vehicles.