The West Fargo Police Department's Bike Patrol Unit consists of over ten specially certified officers who have completed police bike training.
These officers serve on a regular patrol but are utilized as needed in a bike patrol function. With a bike rack that mounts on the back of the squad cars, each officer can respond to calls and patrol areas where needed with the bike.
The West Fargo Police Department has used a bike patrol unit since 1995. The bike patrol is used mainly for patrol functions, but is also employed for special events including:
Night to Unite
Outdoor sporting events
The Bike Patrol Unit is used to patrol areas such as city parks, community bike paths, outdoor pools, downtown areas and additional areas where a traditional vehicle may have difficulty maneuvering.
Bike officers can travel faster and further than foot officers and patrol areas unreachable by car.
Bike patrol officers attend various community events as a community engagement tool.
Bike officers can better enforce bicycle laws, monitor road conditions for bicyclists, promote bike safety, encourage crime prevention practices and promote officer fitness.
The bike patrol officers at the West Fargo Police Department encourage all bike riders, young and old, to wear their helmets. Accidents can happen very quickly.