The Bicycle Patrol was established in 1992 by Chief
James H. Goss (Retired). The bicycle patrol of the Department of Public
Safety is the largest bicycle force in South Carolina. The original
Bicycle Patrol consisted of two officers riding impound lot bicycles.
The addition of the bike patrol improved the productivity of the officers
patrolling the Campus making them more visible and keeping them accessible
to the public. The bike officers gained many advantages which resulted
in a dramatic drop in campus crime. Increased mobility, greater visibility,
increased public contact, and rapid response in emergencies all contributed
to more productivity by the officers. The success of the bike
program led to it's expansion to it's current level of 22 bicycles.
The Department's Bicycle Program Officer is a certified
Police Cyclist Instructor by the Law Enforcement Bike Association .
The Department of Public Safety established an in house bike shop to support
the bike patrol and provide the most cost effective and timely maintenance
to ensure it's bike officers remain able to accomplish their primary function
of law enforcement.