The Bicycle Unit
The Rolling Meadows Bicycle Patrol was formed and began operation in 1999. The purposes of the Bicycle Patrol was to provide an alternative method of patrolling the City and to enhance our commitment to Community Oriented Policing (C.O.P.). Bike Officers emphasized a proactive approach, by interacting with citizens to better help address neighborhood problems and concerns.
Bicycle Patrol Officers receive special training by the International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA). The training includes classroom instruction and practical exercises on bicycles. The practical training consists of bicycle handling skills, speed drills, patrol tactics, dismounts and maneuvering drills. The Rolling Meadows Police Range Staff compliments this training with the simulated difficulties of riding a bicycle at a fast pace, dismounting and firing a weapon.
The Bicycle Patrol also complimented regular patrol functions, combining their squad cars and their bicycles. Bicycles gave Officers a distinct advantage by being able to better patrol areas not easily accessible to customary patrol. Due to their silence and stealth, Officers are able to ride up to crimes before being noticed. The Officers ride at all hours of the day and night. They are utilized in areas where repeated criminal activities occurs, such as potential gang and drug activity, car burglaries, etc. Bicycle Officers also target locations for traffic enforcement and issue citations and warnings for various traffic offenses.
Bicycle Patrol Officers provide a uniformed presence that creates and promotes a comfort level for citizens in every aspect of the community. The Officers ride in the neighborhoods, apartment complexes, business districts, parks and at special events. The Officers also instruct adults and children in bicycle safety.