An integral part of the University of Florida Police Department’s Patrol Division are those officers trained and equipped to function as a Bicycle Officer. The Bicycle Officers are equipped with bicycles that are specially designed for continuous high stress use and training purposes. Those designated as a Bicycle Officer participate in all aspects of basic Patrol Division functions.
All Bicycle Officers receive training in an intense 40-hour law enforcement mountain bike training course. The course teaches officers bicycle laws, bicycle maintenance, health and nutrition, basic riding skills, tactical riding skills, and firearms training. The University of Florida Police Department teaches this course to qualified officers that request to be in the team, but also offers the course to all local law enforcement and emergency medical teams. In the past 10 years, over 200 officers have successfully completed the UFPD bike school.
The use of Bicycle Officers has proven to be a very effective law enforcement approach when dealing with the extremely crowded conditions found on campus today. The Bicycle Officers can navigate the congested areas of campus and can respond to emergency calls for service much faster and efficiently than those in automobiles. Bicycle Officers can also travel in areas where a patrol car would be unsafe or impractical to use.
Each Bicycle Officer is very visible while patrolling campus and provide important safety information, while at the same time they can enforce traffic laws pertaining to bicycles and pedestrians. Bicycle Officers also assist in traffic control and are active in the community by participating in parades, shows, and educational programs.
If you would like more information about the UFPD Bicycle Unit, please contact Major Brad Barber at (352)273-3309, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.