Bike and Motor Patrol

 

Stan Kittrell
Lieutenant - Bikes/Motorcycles
Phone: 266-4986
stan.kittrell@usm.edu

The UPD implemented this unit because the department was beginning to change its philosophy of law enforcement from a reactive form of policing to a more proactive form. Community-oriented policing, the model for proactive policing, was on the rise and had proven to be very effective in communities throughout the country.

The mountain bike and motorcycle patrol unit has become a great public relations tool. This unit is used to enhance the vehicle patrol and is also used to interact with the university public. The addition of three police motorcycles to the unit in 2003 has enabled the police department to better address issues of traffic law enforcement and vehicle accidents.

The mountain bike officers have been an effective tool in the reduction of crime. Because of the manunverability and stealth-like features of the mountain bikes the bicycle unit is able to detect and deter crimes in areas inaccessible to patrol cars. Since its inception, auto burglaries and thefts have decreased considerably.

A certified instructor of the International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) and the Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM) trains each officer. This course consists of 32 hours of rigorous hands-on training and classroom material.

For more information about UPD Mountain Bike and Motorcycle Patrol contact LT. Stan Kittrell 266-4986. stan.kittrell@usm.eduEach officer is required to pass this course before entering the mountain bike and motorcycle patrol unit.