Intended to supplement the Police Department's cruiser and foot patrols, the Bike Patrol serves a role in the Department's law enforcement mission and as a positive tool in the Department's philosophy of community policing. The bike patrol unit has been in existence since 1997.
Bridgewater State University Police Bike Patrol Officers attend an intense three-day police mountain bike course known as COBWEB (Cops On Bikes With Education for Bicyclists.) The course teaches how a police officer should ride a bike, including keeping safe in traffic, dismounting and managing obstacles. It is a course developed in 1990, networking with several organizations throughout the country and designed for police officers by police officers. Presently, it is the only Self-Certifying Police Mountain Bike Course in Massachusetts.
Bridgewater State University Police Bike Patrol Officers are equipped with their full duty belts, including their two-way radios. They wear a modified uniform designed for comfort and visibility while on the bike. The police bikes are equipped with headlights, a first aid kit, and paperwork related to the rider's sector assignment.
Last Modified: September 17, 2011