Nearly 300 deputies on marked patrol bicycles are assigned to BSO districts in Broward County. The Bicycle Patrol supports the customary patrol policies within districts, providing an efficient and highly visible resource, especially in those areas with high automobile and pedestrian traffic. In addition to patrol duties, deputies in the unit promote bicycle safety with educational programs at schools and through their participation in bicycle rodeos, helmet give-aways, bicycle registrations and identification etching programs, safety demonstrations and community meetings.
Deputies in the unit must complete a 40-hour Basic Bicycle Patrol Training Course, reviewed and sanctioned by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement/CJSTC. Course instructors also provide lesson plans and instructions to BSO's community service aides (CSAs) and members of the agency's Citizens Observer Patrol. CSA's are also utilized on bicycles in Port Everglades for traffic control, security and high visibility during special events. To schedule a safety demonstration or other program for your group or school, contact Countywide Operations at (954) 321-4100.