About our Bicycle Patrol Officers
Niagara College Campus Security Bicycle Patrol Unit addresses the need to increase the level of service to the College community in a cost effective and environmentally friendly manner. Bicycle patrols increase the patrol range of the officers, and decreases the response time to calls in relation to foot patrol officers.
Niagara College Campus Security began its Bicycle Patrol in July of 2011 with the purchase of two specially equipped mountain bikes and two volunteer Campus Security bicycle patrol officers. Each officer undergoes an extensive two day one one night component police bicycle (defensive) training course with emphasis on rules of the road, bicycle handling skills, self defense techniques as laid out by the International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) this course was instructed by the Niagara Regional Police Service and the officers that serve through it.
The Benefits of Bicycle Patrol Officers
Bicycle Patrol Unit officers can ride through crowded areas, into isolated spots, around obstacles, and generally approach criminal activity before being spotted. The Campus Security Services Bicycle Patrol program increases the visibility of the College Campus Security Service staff and subsequently helps to reduce crime and the fear of crime.
Officers who utilize bicycles as part of their patrol function have shown that contact with members of Niagara College community is less threatening, less authoritarian, and less confrontational than with other forms of security; Campus Security Services Officers on bicycles are more approachable!
Each day, the Bicycle Patrol Officers (BPO) are actively involved with the public, talking to the people, actively soliciting input and information from the College community while carrying out the normal duties.
Bike patrol officers are visible to the community when they should be and invisible when they need to be. The bike, because of its stealth qualities and mobility, makes it an invaluable tool for security on the College property in areas not accessible to a motor vehicle and provides much more coverage than an Campus Security Services officer on foot or in a vehicle.