Bicycle patrol for the Los Angeles Police Department

This graduate project addresses the need for, and creation of, a bicycle patrol manual and bicycle pursuit policy for the Los Angeles Police Department and any law enforcement agency operating a bicycle patrol unit. The paper examines issues raised during the creation of the manual. The project also examines a new concept in bicycle patrol for police agencies. That new issue deals with bicycle patrol officers becoming involved in vehicular pursuits. The paper examines the problems, need for a written policy and tactical considerations which need to be considered when addressing the problem. The first bicycle pursuit policy is included. The paper also includes the Bicycle Patrol Manual of the Los Angeles Police Department.