Pedaling Police

Manchester Police officer Dale Roberson... Photo and story by Samantha Watters

Manchester Police officer Dale Roberson… Photo and story by Samantha Watters

This past week officers from the Manchester Police Department and surrounding communities participated in a Police Cyclist Course under the direction of the Law Enforcement Bicycle Association. This 40 hour training course was held in Manchester and each day of the week focused on a new topic such as Basic Bicycle Riding Techniques, Defensive Bike Tactics, Firing a Weapon after Dismounting a Bike, & Off Road Trail Techniques.

Patrolmen working on training

Patrolmen working on training

Some of the benefits associated with having trained bicycle officers within a community include more mobility within condensed city surroundings, less gas expense for local police departments, and the opportunity for officers to be more approachable by citizens. Officers from across the state traveled to participate in this 5 day course held in Manchester, TN. To see these officers during training and to learn more about the Police Cyclist Program, watch our all new Thunder TV News Video on the homepage at