Bicycle Patrol Officers
Increasing numbers of law enforcement agencies in the U.S. are recognizing the many benefits of bicycle patrols. A successful arrest rate combined with low maintenance costs solicits an enthusiastic response from many police departments. And not only do departments benefit, but so do the taxpayers. As word of their workability circulates, the public interest in bicycle patrols continues to grow.
The International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) archives contain a picture of the Dallas Police Department using bicycles as early as 1914, however, it wasn't until the Spring of 1987 that bike patrols experienced their recent resurgence.
Benefits to Departments:
- Bike officers can travel faster and farther than foot officers and they are able to patrol areas unreachable by car.
- Bicycles give officers the "stealth" advantage because they are silent. Police officers on bikes can ride right up to the scene of a crime before they are noticed.
- Bicycles are a great public relations tool. An officer on a bike is more approachable than one in a patrol car.
At present, there are about 1,200 bicycle units across the country. In addition to city and county police agencies, there are military installations, colleges, universities, shopping malls, security companies, and park and wildlife departments that also enforce the law by bicycle.
The City of Renton Bike Officers focus their attention primarily in the downtown business area, as well as the fitness trails that surround the City of Renton.
Patrol Division - K9 Unit
and K9 Titan
The Renton Police Department has three generalist canine teams, one assigned to day shift and the other two opposing graveyard shifts. Two of the three teams are scheduled to complete their training and be working the street by June 2015. Each generalist canine handler must attend a canine academy for a minimum of 400 hours and must also pass a certification through the State of Washington before activated for duty.
The generalist canine is considered a specialized tool designed to enhance police efforts at a crime scene. Due to their keen sense of smell, eyesight and hearing, K-9s can be effective in conditions which might put human officers in danger. The generalist K-9's mission is to locate suspects attempting to escape arrest, locate discarded evidence, perform building and area searches, and protect his police officer handler.
Officer Greenwade has been with the Renton Police Department since 2010, and was partnered with K9 Titan, a three-year-old German Shepard from the United States. The two of them completed their training with the Pierce County Sheriff's Office in April 2014, and have been working together as a State Accredited Generalist K9 team since then.
Officer Adam has been with the Renton Police Department since 1995, and was partnered with K9 Zev, a two-year-old German Shepard from Germany. The two of them completed their training with the Pierce County Sheriff's Office in May of 2015, and have been working together as a State Accredited Generalist K9 team since then.
Officer Lane has been with the Renton Police Department since 2007, and was partnered with K9 Odin, a one-year-old German Shepard from the United States. The two of them completed their training with the Pierce County Sheriff's Office in May of 2015, and have been working together as a State Accredited Generalist K9 team since then.
Valley Narcotics Enforcement Team (VNET)
The Renton Police Department has three full-time employees dedicated to narcotic law enforcement.
Of these three detectives, one is assigned to the Valley Narcotics Enforcement Team (VNET.) This group is comprised of detectives from the cities of Auburn, Kent, Tukwila, Washington State Patrol, Renton, and a prosecutor from the King County Prosecutor's Office.
The mission of VNET is to target major narcotic rings that are operating in the South King County area.
Locally, narcotic enforcement is conducted through two detectives assigned to the Investigation Division. These two Detectives conduct follow-up investigations that originated in the Patrol Division by Police Officers. In addition to conducting follow-up investigations, they also originate cases involving subjects who live in the greater Renton area.