The Warren County Sheriff’s Office Bicycle Patrol was formed in the summer of 2000. The Bike Patrol Program exists to provide patrol to areas that are impractical to patrol by other means. Bike Officers receive specialized training for using and riding bicycles and are required to complete training through the Department of Criminal Justice Services.
The Bike Patrol is utilized in many ways such as patrolling areas within the county, parades, traffic control, and other special events. Bike Officers perform the same duties as officers in patrol cars. Utilizing bikes as a proactive policing technique provides officers with a “stealth like” advantage because they are silent. Bikes are also less visible than a marked patrol vehicle, thus bike officers can ride right up to the scene of a crime before they are noticed. Bike patrol is great for community policing because it allows the officers to interact with the citizens of Front Royal and Warren County, as well as tourists. Bike officers are selected at the discretion of the sheriff. Officers are encouraged to patrol on bicycles whenever possible.
Included with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office Bike Patrol Program is a piece of equipment called the T3. The T3 is similar to what citizens refer to as a Segway. However, with a three wheel design, the T3 is specifically designed for law enforcement purposes. The T3 is a three wheel device which can travel at speeds up to 20mph. It is battery operated with a battery life of approximately 4 hrs. It is equipped with an on board computer which measures speed, distance, and life of the battery. The T3 has a zero turn radius which enables faster response to emergency situations. It is equipped with emergency lighting and a siren along with Warren County Sheriff’s Office markings. The T3 will be utilized for Crime Prevention at the county’s shopping centers, security/patrol at sporting events, as well as parades and county fairs. The T3 offers the same “stealth like” capabilities as bike patrol.
The Bike Patrol and T3 Program are one in the same as far as equipment, training, and overall efforts to enhance public relations within the community.