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June 10, 2014

Claremore PD bike unit increases man power

CLAREMORE —

The Claremore Police Department  expanded its bike patrol unit Friday, with the addition of two officers. 
Officers Kendal Bradshaw and Brian Burnett are the newest members of the unit, following a series of training courses and tests last week. The certified instructor of the course is CPD patrol officer Jordan Holland.
Holland became a certified instructor last November after training in Washington D.C. 
“I was fortunate to have the PD send me to D.C. for a week where I was taught through the International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA),” he said. “IPMBA is one of the most recognized police biking organizations in the world.”
Holland said he is one of only nine instructors in Oklahoma.
“It’s a tough course. Riders have to be both physically and mentally fit,” he said. “The benefits of having this type of program are endless. We have stealth at night; and during events, we’re out and about for people to see, which allows anyone to communicate with us.”
Claremore’s bike unit was launched in 2007 with four officers. Holland said over time, riders have left and others have joined. 
“With the addition of Bradshaw and Burnett, we will have a total of six riders and plan to add two more in the fall. By the fall of 2015, my goal is to have a total of 10 officers certified,” he said. “If we reach that goal, a third of our patrol will be certified on bikes.”
The officers will still patrol in vehicles, but will now have bikes available whenever they need them, said Holland. 
“It’s very important that our patrol units know exactly where we are at all times because obviously bikes are difficult to spot sitting in the street. When we make an arrest, we call for a patrol car to pick up the arrestee and then we’ll follow them to the jail to complete our paperwork,” he said. “My preference is riding in the late evening and nighttime, using the cover of night for stealth.”

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