The Toms River Police Bicycle Unit consists of 1 permanently assigned bicycle officer who is primarily responsible for community policing patrols in the downtown area. Additional officers are trained and assigned as needed to supplement patrol operations. Bicycle officers complete a forty hour specialized training course that prepares them for the demands and special riding skills utilized during patrol. The Bicycle Unit is an added tool that allows officers rapid access to places when patrolling special events, neighborhoods, apartment complexes, beach areas and shopping centers.
Bicycle patrol provides greater visibility in high crime areas that are more difficult to patrol by motor vehicle. Officers on bicycles have easier access to congested areas than officers in motor vehicles and cover a larger area than officers on foot. Bicycles offer an effective approach to crime surveillance and detection. While on bicycle patrol, officers can have greater interaction with citizens.
The bicycle unit promotes bicycle safety, the bicycle registration program and was instrumental in giving out 250 free youth bicycle helmets to members of the community.
The Toms River Police Bicycle Unit is part of the Special Operations Division and is supervised by Sergeant Peter Sundack firstname.lastname@example.org .