The Sedalia Police Department announced their newly formed Bike Patrol Unit on Thursday morning.

The unit provides the SPD with additional abilities for enforcement and community engagement in areas that aren’t easily accessible in traditional methods of policing and will greatly enhance our patrol capabilities.

Bike Patrol Officers assigned to the unit will perform their BPU duty as an ancillary assignment. These officers will train through the International Police Mountain Bikes Association.

“The SPD is excited to engage their BPU as an additional element of our existing plan of proactive policing, combining our tactics of community policing with those of patrol to deploy the bikes in various capacities when needed. Mission assignments will include scenarios ranging from parades and festivals to specific, targeted hours focused on areas of problem-oriented policing within our community.

“Additional possibilities for deployment are endless, but the new unit will be able to take additional proactive stances in utilizing the resources that we now have with the intent of reinforcing our commitment to common bonds with the community,” the SPD said.

The purchase of the bicycles was made possible through the KC Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety with the application made by Pettis County GIS Director James Theisen.

“We would like to also offer a special thank you to Pro-Velo, Impact Signs, and Pruitt Insurance for their generous donations to our new unit. Thank you for your support!” the SPD said in a Facebook post.

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