The Colonie Police Department has added a police bicycle patrol to patrol the neighborhoods, parks, bike paths, parking lots and business areas of the Town. The objective of the bicycle patrol is to reduce crime by enforcing laws through proactive policing and to better communicate with our residents by being more approachable than in a patrol car.
The bicycles allow for quick and silent response to emergencies and allow officers to foil crimes in progress with a silent approach. In addition to routine patrol the bicycles are utilized for special events.
Bicycle patrol officers attend a one week, physically intensive, Law Enforcement Bicycle Patrol Course offered by the Municipal Police Training Council. Upon completion officers learn many skills including, riding up & down stairs, suspect contacts, obstacle avoidance, controlled riding and basic bicycle maintenance.