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NCJ Number: 222252 Find in a Library
Title: Bicycle Patrols: An Underutilized Resource
Journal: Policing  Volume:31  Issue:1  Dated:2008  Pages:93-108
Author(s): Chris Menton
Date Published: 2008
Page Count: 16
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study used a participant/observation research design in comparing the features of automobile and bicycle patrols in five cities.
Abstract: The study findings suggest that bicycle patrols are superior to automobile patrols in providing interaction with both pedestrians and people in motor vehicles. Bicycle patrols were also more likely to observe illicit activities or situations in which people needed help, as bicycle officers were better able to see, hear, and even smell what was happening in their vicinity. Disadvantages of bicycle patrol are the lack of physical protection provided by the patrol car, as well as a lack of capacity to carry data and communications equipment. When bicycle patrols are equipped with portable data link devices, their capabilities for obtaining information on warrants and vehicles will enhance their tactical advantage compared with car patrols. This 5-city study involved 32 shifts in the examination of the output of police bicycle and car patrols. Same and similar ride-alongs were conducted with bicycle and car patrols. All contacts with the public (n=1,105) were recorded and coded. Data addressed the number of people contacted or encountered, the nature of the contact, and its source and context. 5 tables and 38 references
Main Term(s): Police policies and procedures
Index Term(s): Bicycle patrol; Comparative analysis; Motor patrol; Police effectiveness; Police research; Police resource allocation; Police-citizen interactions
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