Ho-Ho-Kus Police Department
Community Policing - Bicycle Unit
The Ho-Ho-Kus Police Department's Bicycle Patrol Unit has been in existence since September 2000 and was started with one officer and a bicycle donated to the department by the Ho-Ho-Kus Policemen's Benevolent Association Local #353. Currently, the Bicycle Patrol Unit is comprised of three officers, one sergeant in charge of the unit and two patrol officers along with an additional bicycle donated by the Ho-Ho-Kus P.B.A.
Every officer who volunteers to become a part of the unit must first pass a rigorous 40-hour course at the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute for Bicycle Patrol. The course consists of a lot of riding, balance maneuvers, technical skill riding, takedown of suspect maneuvers, tactical firearms training, and community policing. This is done to familiarize the officer with the skills he or she needs to become an effective bicycle patrol officer and to be covered under the borough's insurance policy.
Each officer assigned to the unit is on a part-time basis since their number one priority is motor patrol. The Bicycle Patrol Unit is used in addition to daily motor patrol to compliment in and to be more accessible to the children and parents at the public school and to the business owners and patrons in the business district. It is also used for special events, such as parades, Halloween Trick-or-Treating, etc. The uniform worn by all police officers for two reasons - comfort and high visibility for both motorists and the general public. The general season for this type of patrol is April 30th until October 31st, weather permitting. It is an extremely rewarding experience to become a part of this unit because of the increased "positive" citizen contacts. This is what makes it both fun for the officer and beneficial to the department as a tool of community policing.
It shall be the business of the Ho-Ho-Kus Police Department Bicycle Unit to engage in Community Policing to meet and relate to the citizens and business owners of Ho-Ho-Kus, fostering community involvement and interaction between the people and their police department. While at the same time, protecting human life and property, and serving the public in a courteous and professional manner during times of crisis, emergencies, and special community events.
In addition to Community Policing, it shall be the duty of the Unit to enforce the laws of the State of New Jersey, Borough Ordinances of Ho-Ho-Kus, and educate the public about safety in general.