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August 20, 1993
One of the more intriguing developments in law enforcement recently is the increasing popularity of bicycle patrols. Baltimore City, Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties have them, as does Bel Air in Harford County and the city of Frederick.The Howard County Police Department is thinking of introducing them next year in Ellicott City and Columbia."It's a very good tool to be used in community-oriented policing," says Cpl. Kevin Costello, who has been researching the idea for Howard.
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From The Record | July 4, 2012
The Aberdeen Police Department and the Harford County Municipal Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 128 collaborated to buy four new Smith and Wesson police mountain patrol bicycles for city police. The FOP offered to purchase two bicycles if the police department matched its purchase. All members of the bicycle patrol group are trained and certified by the International Police Mountain Bike Association. They are patrolling on all shifts and can be seen throughout the city. Officers on bike patrol handle a variety of calls for service and enforce all local and state laws while their high visibility provides for a safer environment.
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,Staff Writer | July 18, 1993
Employees at the Glen Burnie Animal Hospital looked askance at the two county police officers who rolled into their parking lot on bicycles one day last month to answer a call about a suspicious person hanging around their back door."
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | June 13, 1997
State police will be doing business a bit differently in Carroll this summer, using troopers on bicycles to patrol smaller towns and special events, Col. David B. Mitchell, superintendent of the Maryland State Police, said yesterday.In brief ceremonies to show off the bike patrol at the County Office Building in Westminster, Mitchell said his agency is the only state police unit in the United States to use bike patrols for community policing.The Westminster-based patrol is modeled on a similar unit started in Walkersville, in Frederick County, two years ago.Seven troopers will patrol using three $700 mountain bikes, said Cpl. Dave Johnson, the patrol supervisor.
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By Glenn Small and Glenn Small,Staff Writer | May 18, 1993
If you're driving in Baltimore County this summer and you hear a high-pitched noise that sounds like an industrial-strength smoke detector, double-check your rearview mirror.Instead of a fire alarm, it might be Cpl. James MacLellan, or one of his officers, signaling you to pull over. You'll recognize the uniform -- spandex shorts, a helmet and black tennis shoes -- attached to the pedals of a bicycle.Corporal MacLellan runs the 10-person bike patrol in the Wilkens Precinct, and he'll soon be training dozens of other cops who will hit the streets in the county's newest fleet of patrol vehicles -- 24 brand new mountain bikes.
NEWS
August 20, 1993
One of the more intriguing developments in law enforcement recently is the increasing popularity of bicycle cops. Baltimore City, Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties have them as does Bel Air in Harford County and the city of Frederick. The Howard County Police Department is thinking of introducing bike patrols next year."It's a very good tool to be used in community-oriented policing," says Cpl. Kevin Costello, who has been researching the idea for Howard County. "It gets an officer out of his 3,000-pound cruiser and puts him in touch with the community."
NEWS
August 20, 1993
One of the more intriguing developments in law enforcement recently is the increasing popularity of bicycle cops. Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties and Baltimore City have them as does Bel Air in Harford County. The Howard County PoliceDepartment hopes to introduce bike patrols next year."I have more volunteers to ride the bikes than I have bikes," reports Lt. Robert Barlow of Anne Arundel's Eastern District. "It's been more successful than I thought it would be."The Anne Arundel County police bicycle patrol program began last fall with three officers at Northern District.
NEWS
By Roger Twigg and Roger Twigg,Staff Writer | May 28, 1992
A Baltimore policewoman cited for solving cases and arresting suspects and a Baltimore County policeman who developed a youth program and a bicycle patrol were named last night as The Baltimore Sun Police Officers of the Year.City Officer Wanda E. Dobbins, 39, whose record of solving crimes and making arrests was described as among the best in the Northern District, received the award for excellence in law enforcement.County Officer Paul Richard Wieber, 39, won for outstanding community service in developing a Police Athletic League youth center in the Lansdowne-Riverview area and for establishing bike patrols in suburban neighborhoods.
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By Roger Twigg and Roger Twigg,Staff Writer | May 28, 1992
A Baltimore policewoman cited for solving cases and arresting suspects and a Baltimore County policeman who developed a youth program and a bicycle patrol were named last night as the Baltimore Sun Police Officers of the Year.City Officer Wanda E. Dobbins, 39, whose record of solving crimes and making arrests was described as among the best in the Northern District, received the award for excellence in law enforcement.County Officer Paul Richard Wieber, 39, won for outstanding community service in developing a Police Athletic League youth center in the Lansdowne-Riverview area and for establishing bike patrols in suburban neighborhoods.
NEWS
June 12, 1992
With the return of warm weather, bicyclists have been dusting off their two-wheelers and taking them out on the road. Not everyone these days is a recreational rider, however. Some of the cyclists out there are wearing badges and packing pistols, as police in a few local jurisdictions are increasingly turning to bikes as an alternative to patrolling on foot.During the past year, the idea has rolled up a good deal of momentum among metropolitan police departments. Baltimore County and Bel Air police initiated mountain-bike patrol teams last summer.
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By Ed Heard and Ed Heard,Sun Staff Writer | July 21, 1995
Cpl. John Newnan perched on his bicycle Tuesday evening, alert to the flicker of light on the other side of a dark field at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia's Owen Brown village.Under Columbia Association rules, the area was closed for the night. The officer -- one of six who regularly patrol on bicycles in Howard County in an effort to increase police visibility -- pedaled across the field and turned on his bicycle's headlight.Somebody was having a tough time lighting a cigarette -- and he was drunk.
NEWS
September 30, 1994
Here's something new on Annapolis' streets: Police officers, wearing blue riding outfits and white helmets, are doing regular patrols, armed with guns, walkie-talkies and riding sturdy mountain bikes.This is the law-enforcement equivalent of aerobics for the health-conscious 1990s. Many police love getting the exercise, and citizens like the sight of an officer on the beat whom they can stop and talk to.The jury is still out on the effectiveness of this national trend, however. If mountain bikes prove to be more than a fad, they may become a valuable addition to departmental vehicle pools which in many cities include Cushman scooters besides motorcycles and automobiles.
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By John A. Morris and John A. Morris,Sun Staff Writer | August 14, 1994
Neighborhoods and businesses could purchase additional police patrols under a proposal offered by Democratic county executive candidate Theodore Sophocleus.But the community and business groups would have to be willing to pay the additional costs incurred by the county for the officers' training, equipment and supervision, said Mr. Sophocleus, a state delegate and former county councilman.The proposal is part of an anti-crime package Mr. Sophocleus' released Thursday. Democratic rivals H. Erle Schafer, a former clerk of the Circuit Court, and Robert Agee, who was an aide to former County Executive O. James Lighthizer, released their anti-crime proposals earlier.
NEWS
August 20, 1993
One of the more intriguing developments in law enforcement recently is the increasing popularity of bicycle cops. Baltimore City, Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties have them as does Bel Air in Harford County and the city of Frederick. The Howard County Police Department is thinking of introducing bike patrols next year."It's a very good tool to be used in community-oriented policing," says Cpl. Kevin Costello, who has been researching the idea for Howard County. "It gets an officer out of his 3,000-pound cruiser and puts him in touch with the community."
NEWS
August 20, 1993
One of the more intriguing developments in law enforcement recently is the increasing popularity of bicycle patrols. Baltimore City, Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties have them, as does Bel Air in Harford County and the city of Frederick.The Howard County Police Department is thinking of introducing them next year in Ellicott City and Columbia."It's a very good tool to be used in community-oriented policing," says Cpl. Kevin Costello, who has been researching the idea for Howard.
NEWS
August 20, 1993
One of the more intriguing developments in law enforcement recently is the increasing popularity of bicycle cops. Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties and Baltimore City have them as does Bel Air in Harford County. The Howard County PoliceDepartment hopes to introduce bike patrols next year."I have more volunteers to ride the bikes than I have bikes," reports Lt. Robert Barlow of Anne Arundel's Eastern District. "It's been more successful than I thought it would be."The Anne Arundel County police bicycle patrol program began last fall with three officers at Northern District.
NEWS
September 30, 1994
Here's something new on Annapolis' streets: Police officers, wearing blue riding outfits and white helmets, are doing regular patrols, armed with guns, walkie-talkies and riding sturdy mountain bikes.This is the law-enforcement equivalent of aerobics for the health-conscious 1990s. Many police love getting the exercise, and citizens like the sight of an officer on the beat whom they can stop and talk to.The jury is still out on the effectiveness of this national trend, however. If mountain bikes prove to be more than a fad, they may become a valuable addition to departmental vehicle pools which in many cities include Cushman scooters besides motorcycles and automobiles.
NEWS
By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | June 13, 1997
State police will be doing business a bit differently in Carroll this summer, using troopers on bicycles to patrol smaller towns and special events, Col. David B. Mitchell, superintendent of the Maryland State Police, said yesterday.In brief ceremonies to show off the bike patrol at the County Office Building in Westminster, Mitchell said his agency is the only state police unit in the United States to use bike patrols for community policing.The Westminster-based patrol is modeled on a similar unit started in Walkersville, in Frederick County, two years ago.Seven troopers will patrol using three $700 mountain bikes, said Cpl. Dave Johnson, the patrol supervisor.
NEWS
By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,Staff Writer | August 9, 1993
"Lollipop," the children call out when Police Officer Keith Merryman patrols Baltimore's Northern District on his Canondale road bike.How'd he get the name?"The kids called me 'Lollipop' because I used to carry, you know, that big bag of Dum-Dums with me when I was out on the beat," he said recently. "I used to give them to the kids."Back at the station, fellow officers call him "Ham" in recognition of his celebrity status as a rookie defender for the Baltimore Bays professional soccer team, which ended its season in mid-July.
NEWS
By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,Staff Writer | July 18, 1993
Employees at the Glen Burnie Animal Hospital looked askance at the two county police officers who rolled into their parking lot on bicycles one day last month to answer a call about a suspicious person hanging around their back door."
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