"The Greensboro Police Department is offering a unique way for residents to learn more about police work by offering a bike ride-along program.
Similar to the existing ride-along program in which members of the public experience police work by riding with officers in their vehicles, the bicycle ride-along places community members on bicycles alongside officers who ride.
“The bicycle ride-along program will not only familiarize participants with the complex nature and benefits of police work while on bike patrol, it will also strengthen the bond between community members and police,” said Officer A.S. Wallace who launched the program.
In order to participate in the bicycle ride-along, interested cyclists must attend an eight-hour training session. In the training, participants will learn the key elements of cycling safety, along with how this mode of transportation is used in police work.
After completing the training (which includes a chaperoned bicycle ride), participants are eligible to ride along with bike officers as they patrol neighborhoods and the downtown area.
The first training course is Saturday, July 12th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet at the Lewis Recreation Center, 3110 Forest Lawn Drive.
Participants must be 18 years of age or older, in good health, and pass a background check. Riders are encouraged to bring their own helmets and bicycles. Bicycles and helmets for those who need them will be provided. Attendees should wear comfortable clothes and bring a small lunch or snack.
Class size is limited to 20 people. To sign up or learn more about bicycle ride-along program, pedal to the “Community Programs” section of www.gsopd.org. Applications must be received by July 6th."
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