The Connecticut State Capitol Police added a bike
patrol to its forces in the fall of 2003. Due to the efforts of Chief William Morgan and
OFC. Mark Baldwin they received a Federal Byrne Memorial Grant.
Federal Byrne Memorial Grant Program is designed to provide
assistance to state and municipalities for the purpose of enforcing
state laws. The Byrne Grant provided funding for the purchase of
custom Smith & Wesson public safety bicycles, uniforms and training.
bike patrols focus is assisting the public, crime prevention,
deterrent patrol checks and special event assistance. The Bike
Patrol allows for greater visibility and faster response for
Besides their normal daily functions around the Capitol Complex the
Capitol Police Bike Patrol has also assisted other Police
Departments through the regional mutual aid compact. The Bike
Patrol assisted Hartford Police with several UCONN Huskies parades,
worked with East Hartford Police at their annual 4th of
July River-Fest as well as participating in the Connecticut Day
Parade at the Big “E” in Springfield Mass.
department's first 4 bike patrol officers; Off. Walter Lee, OFC. Tim Kasek, OFC. Mark Baldwin, and OFC. Robert Holmgren; completed a 5
IPMBA Police Cyclist Course on June 6, 2003. In 2005 2 more
officers, OFC. Robert Bates and OFC. Kevin Long, completed the IPMBA
course bringing the total bike patrol division to 6 active members.
Bike Patrol Office was completed in 2005 making it a fully
functional for repairs and storage of the bikes and equipment. As
part of our community involvement we offer assistance and the
amenities of our Bike patrol office to our staff members that cycle
should they encounter problems with their bicycles.
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