Public Safety bicycle patrol
Columbia 's Public Safety department has a new, environmentally friendly way to patrol the Morningside campus and respond to emergencies -- bicycle. Campus is currently patrolled 24 hours a day by Public Safety officers on foot and in cars. The bicycle patrol will supplement existing beats.
"The use of bikes helps to reduce our reliance on automobiles by providing an environmentally friendly alternative," says James McShane, assistant vice president for public safety. "Plus it's a great opportunity for us to provide an omni-presence in the area and a more rapid response in emergency situations."
A total of six Public Safety sergeants have been trained and certified by the International Police Mountain Bike Association. They will be patrolling the campus and its perimeter on Trek Police Mountain Bikes.
Adds McShane, the use of bicycles has one major side-benefit: that of helping "to foster a higher level of fitness among our supervisors."
Detailed information on crime prevention and fire safety, is available on the Department of Public Safety's Web site, http://www.columbia.edu/cu/publicsafety/index.html.