May 1999 marked the beginning of the University Police Bike Patrol. The program proves to be cost effective and continues to foster close relationships between the campus community and the University Police.
Currently the bike patrol consists of several officers who have, in addition to their police training, attended a 40-hour police cycling course. This course prepares the officers for effectively performing their police function in the elements using non-traditional equipment. The IUN Police bike patrol is active year around.
The department currently uses Trek police bikes. These are specially built bikes sold only to police departments. They have heavy-duty componentry and upgraded accessories not normally seen on this level bicycle frame. Repair equipment, various forms, and first aid equipment is carried on each bike.
The bike patrol provides many benefits to both the police and the campus at large. The mobility of the bikes enables officers to patrol areas which are inaccessible to vehicles, while adding speed and stealth to their movements. Bike patrols move easily through congested areas as well, but the interaction of the bike officers with the public is by far the greatest benefit. Many find the bike officers much more approachable and thus the officers receive important feedback on activity around campus and how to continually improve the services the department provides the campus community.