The Bicycle Patrol was originally formed by the Brunswick Division of Police in 1981. At that time, it was an innovative idea to establish a low profile means to make contact with citizens in a positive way. The City of Dayton is officially recognized as having the oldest bicycle patrol in the State of Ohio and that unit was formed in 1982. So the Brunswick Division of Police Bicycle Patrol actually predated Dayton by one year. The Brunswick Bicycle Patrol has evolved in the years since its inception. However, it continues to maintain a positive role in community policing and enforcement throughout the City.
The Bike Patrol Unit consists of one Sergeant and six Patrol Officers. Each Bike Patrol Officer attends a 40 hour training class and is IPMBA (International Police Mountain Bike Association) certified. Officers patrol business and residential areas stealthily traveling down streets to protect the citizens of Brunswick. Bike Patrol Officers, when assigned to regular patrol, will take their bicycle on a rack on a patrol vehicle and as time permits, will patrol parks, neighborhoods, shopping centers, etc.
A very important part of the Bike Patrol is appearing at special events that require up close, personal contact with the citizens. You will see Bike Patrol Officers at the Brunswick Summer Celebration and parade, Fishing Derby, and at Safety Day events. Officers can teach bicycle safety and answer questions you may have regarding bicycle laws. The Bike Patrol Officers wear special lighter weight uniforms and equipment belts which are somewhat different in appearance from the regular patrol officer uniform. These officers can be seen on Fuji and Raleigh mountain bikes.
An integral part of meeting the Division’s Community Policing mission, the Bike Patrol Unit has proven its effectiveness in making valuable contacts with citizens as well as taking enforcement action when needed. It will continue to be a valuable asset to the Brunswick Division of Police now and in the future.