The Glendale Police Department's Bicycle Patrol Unit began operations in May of 1997 with six volunteer officers and two bicycles. The unit has steadily grown to sixteen officers in 2019. A recent donation from the George Washington Masonic Lodge of Whitefish Bay provided two new bicycles, bicycle racks and lights.
Officers in the unit staff special events such as Music In The Glen, the City’s Fourth of July festival, the Root Beer Bash, the annual Children’s Bike Rodeo and many other events. Hours ridden by officers have also increased steadily with officers riding 86 hours in 2017, 155 hours in 2018 and over 180 hours so far in 2019.
The focus of the unit is crime prevention and public relations. Officers of the unit frequently ride outside of their normal duty time patrolling neighborhoods and the Oak Leaf Trail. Officers have received an overwhelming positive response from the community during these rides.
The Bicycle Patrol Unit Officers would like to remind everyone riding a bicycle: "Wear Your Bicycle Helmet For Safety!"