PPD Bike Patrol



PPD Bike Patrol

I raised my hand and volunteered to approach the Providence Police Department to find out about their Bike Cop program. My first visit led me to a phone number and response from two Officers in the building. Both Officers told me the same thing.

There is no Bicycle Patrol Division.

There is no Bicycle Patrol Training.

The Officers that we see around Providence have volunteered to do those patrols. It might be seen as better Duty than what they normally do. Other than that, not much news.

I’ll keep you all posted on what I find.



  • Eric
    Sep 15, 2010 at 5:39 am

    This might explain why we see officers biking the wrong way on one-way streets, with improperly-fitted helmets, etc etc. Perhaps RIBike can sponsor LAB training for PVD police officers.

  • MattyCiii
    Sep 15, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    I'd bet enforcement of cars running red lights/driving recklessly/driving aggressively would be MUCH better if all police officers were required to ride a bike 20 miles a month (either patrolling or commuting to work).

    Oh, to dream!

  • Labann
    Sep 16, 2010 at 4:55 am

    Always find that law enforcers are extremely courteous of bicyclists, who they realize represent practically no threat to society. After all, you can't carry a looted television while riding. But courts and prosecutors don't acknowledge they exist. Legislators and transportation committees generally agree that more bicycling would be better all around. But there's no funding behind their handshakes and promises. AMTRAK and RIPTA needs sensitivity training; all overtures (classes, group rides, pamphlets) go ignored. I've actually handed bus drivers the RIDOT Share the Road trifold; they won't take it. Trains do almost everything they can to push bicycling aside: no bike carry-on at peak hours, no connecting bikeways to terminals, inadequate racks and storage.

    That leaves RIDOT and transportation planners, who routinely restripe roads to exclude cyclists. The "bike contingent" at RIDOT consists of one person, whose mission seems mainly to deflect criticism for egregious violations of federal and state law to "complete streets". No, they'd rather create monstrous detours for non-drivers and cut off animal/bird migratory patterns than ensure ways for machines and nature to coexist.