The Concord Police Department Bicycle Patrol unit currently consists of eleven (11) bicycle officers and one (1) supervisor. The officer's are utilized during large functions as well as during normal patrol shifts (weather permitting). An officer on a bicycle is more accessible to the public than an officer in a cruiser. The bike officer can maneuver in and out of traffic and crowds of people a lot easier than an officer in a cruiser can.
The Concord Police Department has been using motorcycles as part of the patrol division since 1930. The motorcycle unit allows the Concord Police Department to expand our patrol functions in key areas, heavy traffic congestion, or even in response to certain crime trends.
The motorcycle is a full time, year round unit and is staffed with up of five officers and a sergeant. Officers assigned to the unit were required to complete an eighty-hour motorcycle training/certification course taught by Northwestern University Traffic Institute and the Harley-Davidson Company. During the training the officers learned proper execution of traffic stops, formation riding for specialized escorts and safe driving and operating procedures.
The motorcycle provides for a more visible and approachable officer creating new opportunities for positive interaction between youths and the police department. It’s used in community events such as the Patriot’s Day Parade, escorts and other community activities.