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Bicycle Patrol
Benefits
Increasingly, law enforcement agencies in the Metroplex are recognizing the many benefits of bicycle patrols. A successful arrest rate and increased citizen contact, combined with low maintenance costs, are some of the reasons why bicycle patrol appeals to police departments and citizens alike.

Bike officers can travel faster and farther than officers on foot, and they are able to patrol areas that patrol cars cannot reach. Bicycles give officers the advantage of stealth, because they can silently ride right up to a crime before they are noticed.

Part of the appeal of bicycle patrol is that an officer on a bike is much more approachable than one in a patrol car. Bicycle patrol gets back to the basics of community policing.

Training
The International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) is a non-profit educational organization providing resources, networking opportunities, and the best, most complete training for public safety bicyclists.

IPMBA
IPMBA has developed a standardized training course that is utilized by departments nationwide, including Little Elm. The course is necessary for the officers and covers bicycle handling skills, night operations, bicycle maintenance, emergency maneuvers, nutrition, group riding, and other important topics. The curriculum, designed and delivered by police officers and bike medics, is nationally and internationally respected.

Little Elm Bicycle Patrol

All of the Little Elm bicycle patrol officers attend a week-long bicycle patrol school and take national police cyclist written and road tests.
 
The Little Elm Police Department utilizes Trek Mountain bikes equipped with front red and blue strobe lights and a rear flashing light. The average expense of a fully equipped mountain bike is $1125 with annual maintenance cost less than $100.