The Bristol, Virginia Police Department's bike patrol unit consists of 10 specially trained / certified officers. These officers serve primarily on a regular patrol shift, but are employed as needed in a bike patrol function.
The bike patrol is used for the following events:
Community policing services
Bicycle Rodeos for Children
The bike officers occasionally direct and participate in bicycle rodeos for children. Area businesses frequently donate bicycles and/or bike safety gear, to be given as prizes during these rodeos.
Keeping Officers Close & Accessible
Patrolling on bikes enables these officers to respond quickly to areas of crime during extreme vehicle congestion. The bikes also place the officers close and accessible to the public, enhancing community policing efforts.