Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation

Bicycle Unit

The Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Prince George’s County Division, has approximately 40 officers certified in bicycle (bike) patrol. Bike patrol offers an effective way for officers to patrol in areas and settings that are not practical for patrol in a motor vehicle. Park Police officers can often be seen on bike patrols on hiker/biker trails and at special events that draw large crowds, including the Hispanic Festival and the Prince George's County Fair.

Officers certified for bike patrol must successfully complete a four-day course of instruction in operations and procedures associated with utilizing a bicycle during patrol. The training, both physically and mentally demanding, requires officers to complete a 40-mile bike ride in a day. Park patrons have noted that they are happy to see Park Police officers patrolling trails by bicycle.