The Dennis Police Department "Bicycle Patrol Unit" was formed in 1994. The first bike patrol unit was formed consisting of 3 patrolmen who rode on a full-time basis during the summer season. In 1995 and 1996 the bike patrol was expanded and officers on bikes regularly patrolled neighborhoods, apartment complexes, senior housing, business and recreation areas, with enthusiastic support from the residents of the community. The summer season also expanded to include much of the fall and spring
months. Today the bike patrol consists of 15 officers who patrol on a seasonal basis.
All officers assigned to the police "Bike Patrol Unit" must successfully complete a rigorous 3 day mountain bike rider course. This course is approved by the Municipal Police Training Committee and is taught through C.O.B.W.E.B. (Cops on Bikes with Education for Bicyclists).
The course includes both classroom and field training and upon completion the officer will have developed a heightened awareness of the importance of fitness, nutrition, injury prevention and physical well-being. The officer will also have a comprehensive understanding of standard bicycle patrol operating procedures, crime prevention techniques, tactical maneuvers and communication.
The bicycle used by the Dennis Police Department is the Fuji Patrol Mountain Bike which is specially designed for police departments. A fully equipped police mountain bicycle costs approximately $2,000.
Use your head. Wear a helmet.
- Bicycle helmets reduce your risk of serious head and brain injury by nearly 90%.
- 97% of people killed in bicycle crashes with motor vehicles nationwide were not wearing a helmet.
- Each year, 40,000 children in the U.S. are treated in emergency rooms for head injuries sustained while bicycling.
Choosing a helmet:
Everyone's head is shaped differently, so let a bike shop properly fit you with a helmet that is comfortable for you. Kids are more likely to wear helmets that they pick out. Parents can set a good example by wearing their helmets every time they ride. Make sure your helmet is certified by ASTM. Helmets are designed to take only one impact, so replace your helmet if you've had a crash, or every five years.
The front of the helmet should sit one "finger's width" above your eyebrows. Adjust the chin strap so it fits firmly and comfortably, then use the foam pads to customize the fit. Push on the helmet with your hand. If it shifts around, it doesn't fit correctly - you may need to select a different model.
Massachusetts law requires children 16 years of age or younger who operate a bicycle, or who ride as a passenger on a bicycle, on a public way or bike path to wear a properly fitted and fastened helmet. A bicycle helmet can reduce the risk of serious head and brain injury by as much as 90%. Unfortunately, 97% of people killed in bicycle crashes with motor vehicles were not wearing a helmet.
Traffic Safety Fact- A total of 677 pedalcyclists were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2011 which accounted for 2% of all traffic fatalities during the year. The 14 and younger age group accounted for 9% of those fatalities and males accounted for 69% of of fatalities among pedalcyclists age 14 and younger. Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).