Entering its 16th year of service in 2011, the full-time Bike Patrol Team has been a proven success as an innovative way to reduce crime and apprehend offenders. This program, established by the City Council in partnership with Thousand Oaks Boulevard business leaders, is a high profile component of our Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving strategy. The Bike Patrol officers provide a unique approach in patrolling the business district, residential neighborhoods, and high-density housing areas. The Bike Patrol performs an array of proactive activities, including public nuisance enforcement, traffic enforcement, directed patrol, Alcoholic Beverage Control
(A.B.C.) enforcement, and handling local neighborhood concerns related to theft and narcotics offenses.
The Bike Patrol Team is more than just an enforcement tool. It is a very effective community resource. Bike Patrol officers reach out to educate the community in bicycle safety. They interact with children by hosting bicycle rodeos, giving safety presentations at our local schools, and encouraging positive riding habits and an awareness of safety rules. The team also serves as a liaison with the City’s Bicycle Advisory Team (B.A.T.); and participates in events with local cycling groups. The Bike Patrol is utilized as a valuable mobile resource for deployments at various civic events such as Chili Cook-Off, Conejo Valley Days, July 4th celebration, and National Night Out.
The Bike Patrol Team works under the direction of the Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving Unit. The Bike Patrol officers make numerous citizen contacts, from community partnership connections to quality of life enforcement concerns. Annually, the Bike Patrol Team typically averages over 350 arrests, issues over 300 citations, and logs over 2,500 miles on bicycle patrol. Their high visibility presence, especially along the Thousand Oaks Boulevard corridor, is a substantial factor in deterring criminal activity.
For more information about the Bike Patrol Team, please contact Sergeant Romano Bassi at the Police Resource Center, 2100 East Thousand Oaks Blvd., (805) 449-2760.