Patrolling on a mountain bike is vastly different to
patrolling from the comfort of a patrol car. Beside the necessary street experience
and flexibility, the Officer must be fit. They must also be prepared to patrol
in all weather conditions, even on sunny days!
They must be aware that he/ she are the link between the citizen and the Police
In 2000 the Police Department Hollands-Midden made contact
with American bike patrol colleagues to develop their own Bike-patrol training.
This became the standard that an Officer on mountain bike patrol duties must
This basic course lasts 4 or 5 days where, at several locations, the required
skills are learned.
The Course has been divided in the following components:
- Bicycle handling;
- Group riding,
- Dangers on
- Obstacle techniques,
- Patrol procedures,
- Patrol by night,
- Community policing,
- Bicycle maintenance,
- Laws and legislation,
- Training and
- Defense tactics,
- Arrest tactics
A good basic course is essential for the effectiveness and the safety of the
Officer. The basic course equips the bike patrol Officer with the techniques
for an effective and professional bike patrol.
Beside this basis Course, most Officers get frequent in service training days.