The Metropolitan Police Department’s Mountain Bike Tactical Unit is joining up with the Citizen’s Advisory Council to host the annual community bike ride event, the Orange Helmet Patrol. This event will take place 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 31, after a postponement due to bad weather. The ride will begin at 26th and P Streets, NW.
Meet your neighborhood officers. Identify street lights that are out and other problems. Be part of a new high-visibility crime prevention strategy.
The Orange Helmet Patrol of bicyclists is a new twist on an old concept. Begun in the late 1980s in Washington, D.C., Orange Hat Patrols have become a widely used and accepted component of community policing. Wearing orange hats to show neighbors that they are helping to check out the community, groups of volunteers have proven to be a crime deterrent. With the increasing popularity of biking, the Second District has implemented a new community policing bike program.
All skill levels and ages are encouraged to join the ride. For more details, email Kaitlyn.Bush@dc.gov.
Note from MPD: Participation in the community-police bike ride is voluntary. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver before the ride. Children under the age of 16 must wear a helmet to participate.