The Porter County Sheriff's Department
Bicycle Patrol unit was formed in the Spring of 1999.
Bicycle patrols have emerged as a more effective way for
police to improve community relations, while allowing an
officer to cover more ground than if assigned to a foot
patrol beat. In addition, the bicycles allow officers to
get into areas inaccessible to patrol vehicles,
and it also allows them to "sneak" up on the bad guys!
The officers ride in predetermined areas of Porter
County and at special events. The unit's schedule
varies based upon need and condition. The unit does not
operate as a separate entity, but as a compliment to
the given day's assignments within the patrol division.
Feedback from the public, based on the use of the unit
to date has been over-whelming positive. The bicycle is
not as intimidating as a patrol car, and the public
feels more accessible to the officer and visa versa.
Look for the bicycle patrol in your
and don't be afraid to say hello!