By Dominique Spatafore (City of Clarksburg)
Clarksburg Police Department Officers Nathan Paugh and Justin Moore are participating in police cycling training at Penn State University. The week long course consists of biking patrol procedures, tactics, night operations, various scenarios, and basic bike maintenance and on-the-road repair. Officers are required to pass a physical test where they complete a 20-mile bicycle threshold ride, dismount the bicycle, perform a bicycle carry, and clear an obstacle all within a predetermined set of time. The physical portion is followed by a performance review and finally an oral interview is conducted.
Once completed, they will receive certifications through IPMBA International Police Mountain Bike Association. After an additional instructors course, they then will be able to teach their fellow officers on the safety and implementation of safe bicycle patrol. Officer Moore stated he is eager to complete the training and looks forward to meeting and interacting with the public.
Police Chief Robbie Hilliard looks forward to mobilizing the bikes and increasing our police presence within the community. Chief stated, “Bicycle patrols have proven to be an effective crime prevention tool. This, along with our North View Police Substation, places us out in the community allowing for the ability to respond quickly to incidents and remain approachable.”
The routes will focus on downtown, Glen Elk and various other neighborhoods throughout the City.