The Vassar College Safety and Security Department has implemented a Bicycle Patrol into its existing operations. The bicycles serve as a supplement to the marked patrol vehicles and foot patrols already being used by the department. With the purchase of six "Fuji" mountain bikes and appropriate uniforms, six assigned officers now patrol Vassar’s 1200 acres on bicycles.
The bicycle’s mobility over the sidewalks, paths, fields, and roads on campus will allow Security to increase its presence and allow officers to get to less accessible areas quickly. The officers were trained by the City of Poughkeepsie police officers, who are nationally certified by the Law Enforcement Bicycle Association.
The bicycle patrol should prove to be an effective means of increasing our security presence. The unit will have better response times than foot patrol and will be more versatile.