Norristown Police first began to use bike patrol officers in about 1996. Assigned in teams, bike patrol officers have the ability to go where police cars cannot, and go more quickly than an officer on foot.
Each officer authorized to function as a "bike patrol" officer must complete an intensive course of specialized training in which the officer learns how to take their bike over various terrains and obstacles, as well as learning evasive maneuvers and collision avoidance.
Bike Patrol officers play a significant role in deterring crime in business areas and allow for better patrol of the Schuylkill Valley Bike Trial.
Improved Interaction with Public
Interaction with the public is also enhanced because of the ability to stop more frequently.