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Law Enforcement Bike School Celebrates 20th Anniversary at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY—Officers from a number of municipal and campus police agencies in New York State will learn how to incorporate bicycles into their operations at the 2013 Law Enforcement Bike School, scheduled for June 10–14 at Ithaca College.

This will be the 20th anniversary of the school, which began in 1993 when instructors from IC, Cornell University and the Ithaca Police Department teamed up to develop what was at that time a pioneering course in police bike patrolling. Today, the course curriculum remains the model utilized by numerous agencies throughout the region.

Sponsored by the Ithaca College Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management, the program is designed as entry-level training for law enforcement officers who utilize specialized mountain bikes for patrol activities.

The curriculum includes classroom instruction on such topics as vehicle and traffic law, bicycle maintenance, nutrition and fitness. Participants will also take to the streets, off-road trails and campus parking lots to learn practical skills involving riding evolutions, mock scenarios, obstacle negotiation, dismounts, takedowns, suspect contact and tactical response with firearms.

Law enforcement agencies represented by students at the school will include the cities of Cortland and Ogdensburg, villages of Alfred and Cooperstown and town of Seneca Falls, along with the campuses of Cornell, SUNY Cortland, SUNY Maritime, SUNY Potsdam and RIT.

Serving as instructors for the course this year will be officers from Ithaca College, Cornell and the Cortland Police Department. The instructors hold certifications from agencies including the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, International Police Mountain Bike Association and Law Enforcement Bicycle Association.

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