Our Safety & Awareness Bicycle Patrol program uses a high-visibility approach to deter crime and dangerous activity, by plainly making themselves known as the eyes and ears for law enforcement. Equipped with high-tech tools such as a 720-degree HD digital Wi-Fi camera, high luminosity safety lights (three on front and two on back), bicycle alarm and horn, a tail light with directional signaling, rearview mirror and cellular uplink, together with a specially designed uniform, the mere presence of these patrol volunteers strike fear in would-be offenders while leaving law abiding recreationalists to feel safe. When patrol volunteers spot criminal or dangerous activity they assist law enforcement by taking on the role of their eyes and ears.
Because of the nature of this program and high level of personal responsibility that it requires, you must meet the following minimum requirements before your application can be accepted.
- Must be at least 21 years of age.
- Must be able to volunteer at least 16 hours of time per calendar month.
- Must have a working smartphone and a Google account.
- Must have the wherewithal to assemble, store and maintain a patrol bicycle.
- Must have the ability to ride for at least 4 continuous hours, unaided and without exasperating a medical condition.
- Must have the ability to recognize, understand, and accurately report suspicious activity.
- Must not possess a weapon of any kind while in service.
- Must always keep at a distance (at least 300 feet) from suspicious activity and never approach or intervene unless to provide life-saving medical aid that does not endager personal safety.
- Volunteer service may include recording an accident scene and providing traffic control until first responders arrive.
- Must not have had any criminal conviction(s) within the past ten (10) years, or a misdemeanor conviction within the past three (3) years, from the date of the last conviction.
- Must not have any record of violent, sexual, or drug related conduct.
- Must review all material available at the C.O.P.S. training portal (https://copstrainingportal.org/).
- Must be in good standing with their local law enforcement agencies.
The Safety & Awareness Bicycle Patrol program is currently being piloted in Boulder, Castle Rock, and Denver, Colorado. Once we have a good sense of the safety and security issues involved, we will open the program for volunteer registration.