One such creative and proactive measure to patrolling the Gettysburg College campus is the addition of the mountain bicycle patrol capability to existing Departmental patrol assets. A campus that presents the challenge of being frequently congested makes traditional walking and vehicular patrols difficult to maneuver. Utilizing the bicycle patrol concept is the perfect answer to improving the College/Public Safety relationship and enhancing response protocols.
Why have Public Safety officers on bicycles? As the campus and local community change, grow, and diversify, the mission of the Department of Public Safety increases in both size and complexity. What is needed by the Department are officers that are mobile enough to respond quickly to calls for service, as well as to maintain our closeness to the College community. Highly trained and motivated Public Safety officers patrolling on mountain bicycles provides the ability to meet all of these challenges.