Since 1991 the Coon Rapids Police Department has had a bike patrol to assist with large community and athletic events, including high school football games, carnivals, and the 4th of July celebration at Sand Creek Park. Bikes are also used on an as needed basis for proactive patrol in known or suspected trouble spots. Bikes work well in city parks and on the miles of bicycle and recreation trails in the community.
Bike patrol officers have the unique opportunity to be approachable by the public. Bike officers are able to meet the residents and learn what is happening in their beat area. It is an ideal way to facilitate community policing. If you see them out at events or the bike paths please approach them and tell them what is going on in your neighborhood.