Bay Area Law Enforcement Training for RNC Bike Patrols15 Agencies will Form Bike Patrol

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                                    The one-week bike course teaches officers and deputies how to maneuver around various types of terrain.
The one-week course teaches officers and deputies how to operate their bikes on various surfaces.

Bay Area Law Enforcement Training for RNC Bike Patrols
15 Agencies will Form Bike Patrol

WHO: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Captain Kyle Cockream, Tampa Police Captain Brian Dugan, St. Petersburg Police Lieutenant Scott MacDonald, Pasco County Sheriff's Lieutenant Troy Ferguson and the Plant City Police Department

WHEN: 3/21/12, 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: David Straz Center for the Performing Arts (steps on the river) 1010 North Macinnes Place, Media can park in the circle drive.

DETAILS: Officers and deputies from five of the agencies that will comprise the RNC Bike Patrol are in training this week. The one week course will nationally certify the 25 law enforcement officers. In June, they will return to the Tampa Police Department's Academy for three additional days of training. The bike patrols will serve dual roles of keeping visitors safe and acting as ambassadors for the city. Bike patrols are a proven method of law enforcement connecting with the community. At the RNC, bike officers will ensure police are approachable and helpful to the thousands of visitors expected in Downtown Tampa for the four day event. Another advantage is that officers on bikes can more easily navigate through the large crowds.

The multi-agency bike patrol exemplifies the unified command necessary for a successful and safe Republican National Convention. A coalition of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies are building the security plan that will ensure delegates, demonstrators and spectators can safely participate in the RNC.

Fifteen Bay Area communities will benefit from the bike patrols long after the RNC has ended. The newly certified officers and deputies will return home with their RNC police bikes to patrol their own jurisdictions. The Tampa Police Department is purchasing the $1,597.00 bikes with federal grant money earmarked for RNC security.

15 Bike Patrol Agencies

Tampa Police DepartmentHillsborough County Sheriff's Office
St. Petersburg Police Department Pasco County Sheriff's Office
Temple Terrace Police DepartmentHernando County Sheriff's Office
Plant City Police Department Manatee County Sheriff's Office
Lakeland Police Department Tarpon Springs Police Department
Gulfport Police Department Palmetto Police Department
Gainesville Police DepartmentKissimmee Police Department
Oviedo Police Department

Laura McElroy