The ranks of Forsyth County Sheriff’s bicycle patrol have grown.
Ten sheriff’s deputies recently completed the International Police Mountain Bike Association police cyclist course and can join about a dozen other officers to help patrol Big Creek Greenway, parks and shopping centers.
“Ever since the Big Creek Greenway opened in Forsyth County, we have been utilizing our bike patrol,” Sheriff Ted Paxton said.
According to Paxton, the bike patrol consists of cross-trained deputies who work full time in other sheriff’s office units.
The bike patrol can be used in areas of the county that cannot typically be accessed by patrol cars.
In addition to the greenway, the sheriff said those include The Avenue Forsyth shopping mall, parks and other congested areas.
According to Paxton, the 40-hour course was coordinated by the office’s training unit and held at the north precinct.
The course was divided into 11 units, which ranged from hazard recognition and riding techniques to obstacle clearing and nighttime patrols. Other units included community policing, legal issues and fitness and nutrition.
The class also involved more than 20 hours of bike time to develop and improve riding skills.