In 1996, in an effort to better serve the community, the Alfred Police Department implemented a bicycle patrol. The objective of the bicycle patrol is twofold: to enhance the image and resources of the police department through increased accessibility of the officer to the public, and to reduce crime by enforcing laws through proactive policing.
The bicycles allow for quick and silent response to emergencies and allow officers to foil crimes in progress with a silent approach. In addition to routine patrol between the hours of 9p.m. and 3 a.m., the bicycles are utilized for special events, festivals, and sporting events.
Bicycle patrol officers attend a one week, physically intensive, Law Enforcement Bicycle Patrol Course offered by the Municipal Police Training Council. Upon completion officer's learn many skills including, riding up & down stairs, suspect contacts, obstacle avoidance, controlled riding and basic bicycle maintainence.