Police Mountain Bike Seminar to Be Held at Baylor

June 30, 1998

{imageRef("blankspace")}For the first time, Baylor University's Department of Public Safety will co-host the Police Mountain Bike Seminar with the Waco Police Department July 5-10.

{imageRef("blankspace")}The 40 hour course will train police officers on proper bike riding techniques and how to perform police functions on bikes. The program is certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education (TCLEOSE).

{imageRef("blankspace")}According to Waco Police Officer Richard Contreras, Waco is one of only three Texas cities certified to teach this course. Four officers, including Contreras, will teach the seminar.

{imageRef("blankspace")}Approximately 30 officers from Baylor, Waco, Corsicana, Stephenville, Robinson and other Texas cities will attend.

{imageRef("blankspace")}Officers will arrive on Sunday and will stay and dine in a Baylor campus dormitories throughout the seminar.

{imageRef("blankspace")}Monday¦s schedule will consist of classroom training. Participants will learn about the history of bike patrol, how to prevent injuries, proper diet practices, bike laws and police tactics.

{imageRef("blankspace")}On Tuesday the officers will participate in trail and city riding. They will also begin obstacle course training.

{imageRef("blankspace")}Trail riding will continue on Wednesday, and officers will begin competing over a challenging course.

{imageRef("blankspace")}Officers will concentrate on weapons training and tactical scenarios on Thursday. They will learn how to use weapons both on and off the bike as well as how to use a bike as cover in a shooting situation.

{imageRef("blankspace")}A written test and a skills test will be administered on Friday.

{imageRef("blankspace")}Additionally, officers will participate in physical training each day of the seminar.

{imageRef("blankspace")}For more information, contact Contreras or the Bike Patrol Unit of the Waco Police Department at 750-7500

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