JPD Bicycle Patrol Connects with Neighborhoods and Bicyclists

The Jonesboro Police Department’s Bicycle Patrol is a specially trained group of officers that isn’t hindered by the lack of a steel cage and engine of a patrol car.  Rather, these officers are connecting to neighborhood residents in a way that isn’t afforded by traditional police cruisers.  According to Officers Brown and Seaborn, being on a bicycle makes them much more accessible to the public in need.  The patrol’s training through the International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) also provides the skills necessary to navigate a vast variety of terrain giving them the ability to access areas that can’t be reached by automobile.  According to the officers that spoke with the Northeast Arkansas Bicycle Coalition, the bike handling skills are paying off in their ability to catch bad guys and make arrests.  

 

Not only are these officers more able to connect with residents seeking their help, their training allows them to help educate members of the community about traffic laws and safety pertaining to bicycles.  They are able to get information to people in real time, in a way that connects their role in public safety with that of a cyclist.  The training they receive has educated them fully on the traffic laws and best practices of bicycling, and their time traveling by bicycle in a community that is designed for auto travel makes them knowledgeable and empathetic to those on two wheels.  This allows them to enforce laws to both drivers and bicyclists in a way that educates and helps bridge the divide between the two traveling groups.