In early 1991,
the department initiated the relatively new and unique idea of community
policing via bicycle mounted police officers. The unit now consists
of patrols officers who have received their specialized training through
the Burlington County Police Academy.
mounted on racks to the rear of patrol vehicles. Utilizing the traditional
patrol vehicle to move the bike from place to place allows greater
mobility and quicker response to the various areas of the township.
Officers can quickly respond to an area using their vehicle or, when
close by, their bike.
of the bike patrol is to increase patrol coverage in areas where traditional
vehicles cannot access. Parks, alleys and shopping districts are easily
maneuvered by bike officers on their mount.
easily distinguished from civilians as they are outfitted with special
police uniforms. The uniforms are designed to allow better flexibility
so that the officers are not limited in their abilities. Comfort is
of the utmost importance. For this reason shorts or BDU pants are
worn with short-sleeved shirts and baseball caps. Emblazoned across
the front of the cap and back of the shirt is the word POLICE. A traditional
gun belt is worn with all of its accessories.
fitted with a dual beam halogen headlight, a sounder buzzer, flashing
lights to the front and rear and a carry-all containing first aid
supplies and other necessary equipment.
For more information
about the Florence Township Police Department Bicycle Patrol you may
contact Captain Boldizar at the department by calling 609-499-3131.
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