The Hilliard Police Bicycle Patrol Unit was founded as a pilot program in the spring of 1995 and consisted of one officer and one bicycle. The community’s response to the program was positive and in the fall of 1995 the city committed to the unit’s expansion.
The patrol officers who serve the unit have received specialized training in bicycle patrol operations. The Bicycle Patrol Unit operates year round and augments the regular patrol functions of the department, providing an excellent alternative patrol source.
The bicycle patrol officers can easily patrol areas within the city which, prior to the unit’s inception, were nearly inaccessible. The vast Municipal Park, with its numerous walking paths, is now routinely visited by patrol officers. Those on the Rails to Trails walking and bicycle route now also see patrol officers. In addition to areas restrictive to automobile patrol, the Bicycle Patrol Unit routinely patrols neighborhoods and shopping areas. The unit is also utilized in many special events throughout the year where high concentrations of pedestrians make automobile patrol impossible.
The officers of the Bicycle Patrol Unit promote the Police Department and its commitment to proactive law enforcement by attending many public events each year at schools, homeowner’s association gatherings and children’s bike safety rodeos. The bicycle patrol officers participate in competitive events with bicycle units from other area police agencies and in charity events.