The Alvin Police Department Bike Patrol began in 1993, as an idea brought to fruition by a group of officers who enjoyed mountain biking. They saw the potential in bringing bicycles into the department and through fund-raising and a great amount of work, initiated the Bike Patrol Unit.
Once the unit was utilized to patrol the grounds of National Oak Park for Kiwanis’ Crawfest, the request for their presence grew. What initially began as a detail primarily for special events such as parades and festivals soon became a part of regular patrol, transitioning into more traditional policing activities such as answering calls for service and enforcing traffic laws. The Unit is also utilized to address specific problems such as graffiti, narcotics, and other gang-related activity.
The Bike Patrol Unit has now grown to twelve officers, including patrol lieutenants, patrol sergeants, patrol officers, and detectives. The unit not only trains and certifies its own officers now, but it also trains officers from other agencies as well as the military with I.P.M.B.A.’s Police Cyclist Course.
As well as a vaunted training program, the Bike Patrol Unit has two other successful programs. Each year the Blue Santa Program raises funds and delivers brand new bikes and helmets to area children, while the Unit’s Bike Safety Education Program provides bicycle and personal safety education to hundreds of third graders in the Alvin Independent School District.
The Alvin Police Department Bike Patrol Unit continues to serve and protect our community.