The Newberry Township Police Department currently has several officers certified as Bicycle Officers through the International Police Mountain Biking Association (IPMBA). These officers participate in a weeks long course that teaches them various aspects of policing on a bicycle to include apprehending suspects, maneuvering safely and traveling on different surfaces. The officers are taught advanced skill such as riding up and down stairs on their patrols bikes and conducting traffic stops.
Bicycle Officers have the ability to travel where a traditional patrol vehicle can't like small alleys and narrow trails. NTPD utilizes this resource in areas such as townhome complexes, developments and the borough's we serve. This service also gives us the opportunity to interact with our community while patrolling our streets.
Bicycle officers are assigned to special details by the agency to address concerns when they arise and this resource is appropriate to address it.