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The Fayetteville Police Department Bike Patrol Unit was established in 1996 with officers responsible for patrolling the Dickson Street and downtown areas. One year later, the unit expanded to the Northwest Arkansas Mall area. Currently, this coverage area extends from Millsap Road to the north city limits on both the east and west sides of North College Avenue. The Fayetteville Bike Unit consists of four (4) full-time and forty-five (45) part-time International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) certified officers. The unit has eighteen (18) fully equipped police mountain bicycles and the bike officers are responsible for covering their assigned beats and special events such as the University of Arkansas football games, Bikes, Blues and BBQ, Hogeye Marathon, Joe Martin Stage Race and Lights of the Ozarks.
The Fayetteville Police Department utilizes police mountain bike patrols as part of its community-oriented style of policing. Interaction between bike officers, citizens and the business community is more personalized with the use of bicycles, and in high-density traffic areas, this mode of transportation allows officers to get to calls and locations quicker. Although the primary role of the bike unit is to educate, inspect and enforce laws, bike officers often assist with bicycle safety and education programs.
For more information or should you have questions regarding the Fayetteville Police Department’s Bike Unit please call (479) 587-3555.