Grandview Police Department adds bike patrols to increase accessibility to officers

GRANDVIEW, Mo. -- A local police department is finding new ways to protect and serve by adding bicycles to its fleet.

The Grandview Police Department is rolling out the new addition saying bike patrols will help keep the city safe.

Grandview PD has a motto: Move toward the badge. Officers believe being on bikes and accessible to people is one way to live up to that.

There are five officers on the team, all trained and certified through the International Police Mountain Bike Association.

So far, they've rotated pedaling patrols at Truman's Marketplace. The marketplace is a newly redeveloped shopping center.

Bike patrols will be deployed as needed at apartment complexes, city parks and trail,s and special events. Officers said they've been well-received.

"I think it's incredibly beneficial to the public. It shows that we can get out there and be a little bit more approachable to some people," said Justin Ward with the Grandview Police Department. "There's less barrier than it would be if we were still in the car driving around."

The officers will be on bike patrol at the Music on Main festival this Saturday. Officers said getting from one side of the festival to the other will be much easier on the bikes.