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Hardly a day goes by without a report of yet another bike unit being started or expanded as part of an effort to save gas money. At first it was a trickle, but it has become a flood. It is encouraging to see so many departments renewing their commitment to bike patrol. Perhaps the time is ripe to institutionalize bike patrol and bike patrol training within public safety agencies of all types. IPMBA members, instructors, and industry supporters can capitalize on this opportunity by emphasizing the fuel savings and the environmentally friendly aspects of public safety cycling.
If you have been having a difficult time convincing your department that they need more personnel on bikes more often, this could be just what you need. Tell them how much money they will save, and then go out there and show them that bike patrol is about a lot more than just saving gas. It is about stealth, mobility, versatility, and accessibility.
It is about fighting crime and saving lives. In the tiny western Pennsylvania borough of Hollidaysburg, police Chief Jeff Ketner said high gas prices prompted him to resume daily bike patrols several weeks ago. Board List It has pushed him to be more creative with members and association members who have expressed their confidence in my ability to lead this organization.
I pledge to this membership that I will do my utmost to ensure that IPMBA continues to provide the best, most comprehensive training programs available for public safety cyclists in the world.
With that said, how about that Indianapolis conference! Things went off very well, especially considering the upheaval that the his approach to bike patrol. I found myself to be in total agreement. I think back over the last 10 years and consider the ideas and concepts that have been implemented at our agency. Most can be traced directly back to a conversation or class at a conference.
During the downturn in bicycle patrol, when many units were being taken out of service, the conference served as a reminder that others were experiencing the same turbulent times and that we needed to buckle down and stay the course.
The state of bike patrol has improved recently and I predict will continue to improve for some time in the future. My challenge to you as members of this department experienced prior to the conference. My hat is off to Doug Johnson and Al Simpson for the work they and their crew did in making sure the conference was a success. On the 17 hour drive back to the holy land of TEXAS, a conversation with another officer from my department really struck a chord with me.
He was telling me how he really liked coming to the conferences as it allowed him to re-focus and get re-energized about bike patrol and all it means and can do. While at work during the year, a lot of extraneous things get in the way of going out and being productive and effective on bikes. At the conference, he was able to talk with other officers, sharing experiences and revelations, which Stay safe, David Hildebrand enabled him to put things back into perspective. He has been 2.
Reproduction without permission is prohibited. The International Police Mountain Bike Association is a non-profit educational organization providing resources, networking opportunities, and training for public safety bicyclists. Call Maureen for information. People from all over the world flock to Indianapolis to immerse themselves in the history and tradition of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
On Saturday, April 26, , a new record was set as nearly bike officers and medics poured onto the track. Some were inspired to accelerate to racing speed; others pedaled slowly, savoring every inch of the 2. We are grateful to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Chief of Police Michael Spears for providing us with the many resources necessary to provide our The word resources has a very broad definition.
One might be tempted to think only of the obvious resources needed for a conference — a hotel, meeting rooms, training venues, equipment, transportation, food, printed material, etc. When making a list, it can be easy to overlook the most essential resource of them all — the individuals who put all the other resources to use to acheive the end result. For their time and their talents, we are truly grateful.
Despite the challenges associated with this magnitude of change, Doug and the other members of the conference planning team never wavered in their commitment to the success of the event.
Having filled just about every other conference-related role — attendee, instructor, board member, education director — he decided to try his hand at host committee member. Al brought a wealth of knowledge, experience, dedication, and that most elusive resource — time — to the table. They in turn were supported by a host of police personnel and volunteers. Not to be overlooked are the members of the police reserves who so willingly gave of their time in support of the event.
These include Sgts. I first started teaching at the conference in , and have taught both pre-conference courses and conference workshops. I have even attended several of them as a student. They were all interesting, informative and fun! The one area I had never experienced was being part of the host agency committee.
What a different view! As an attendee to a conference, the most you may have to concern yourself with are things like booking your air flight, or deciding which roads to take to get to it. Do I take both of my bikes or only one and maybe a couple of different sets of tires? Do I need my computer? How much should I practice my riding? What classes should I take? As an instructor of a pre conference course, you obviously need to prepare your units of instruction.
Do I need to update any of my PowerPoint presentations? Do I need any special visual aids? If you are the lead instructor of a pre conference course, it gets even more interesting.
You may have four other instructors plus yourself to whom you assign units of instruction. So you ask them which one they want. Of course, you get at least a couple who want the same one. Then you have to decide which one does which unit the best because you want the students to get the most out of the training. Then, you need to consider seniority as part of the selection process. Then you find yourself in one of the hardest places: being part of the host committee!
Anyhow, it seemed like the right thing to do at the time. As time went on, there were high spots and low spots. That makes it tough. However, others were found to chip in enough to make it possible to do what needed to be done to have a successful conference, as far as expenses were concerned.
Then the blues club that was supposed to host the post-competition party backed out just weeks before the conference. But our conference committee chairman came through again, securing a commitment from a sports club, just as close, to take care of us, and they did a fine job. The majority of the committee meetings were attended by approximately five people. Other individuals came on board a few weeks before the conference to finalize certain areas, such as ride escorts, routes and other areas that were best left up to the IMPD personnel who were the experts in those areas.
The night before the pre-conference started, there was not a lot of sleep going on. Even though some of us live within 30 minutes of the conference site, a few of us stayed at the hotel most of the week.
Our families had to come by and visit us! On the first day of the pre-conference, it seemed as if all of the committee members were strung tighter than a high string on a guitar. We had a few rough spots, but once we ironed them out, the rest of the event went really smoothly. The success of an event is measured by what the attendees say about it. Everyone I spoke with seemed to enjoy the training and had a good time. They all commented on the competition course and its venue, the White River State Park.
Teaching, attending, and then helping to plan and run an IPMBA Conference has shown me that there are different views, depending on where you are standing. Despite being employed as a Dayton, Ohio, police officer for 26 years, I roamed as far and wide as I could, every chance I got. Sometimes, I underestimated the challenges associated with the road to adventure and wound up in a fix.
Thank you, Maureen, you have cared for something I love very deeply and I appreciate it. So, I did what anybody committed to riding their whole life would do. Talk about a blow to the ego! IPMBA has always been a home to me even though the home office is in Baltimore and the conferences move from place to place.
I was always in awe of my contemporaries and still am. I do occasionally enjoy rolling up a on a pack of roadies and joining in the pace line. Were you guys in a race back there? Sometimes I crack myself up. Some may think I put him on the spot by asking him to come up and say a few words, but nothing could be further from the truth. I wanted Jim to have the same chance that I and other past presidents had.
I also wanted the membership to know that I was proud of the job he and the other board members have done in guiding the organization. But you know what? On Saturday, April 26, however, fast cars were replaced by The conference offered an array of workshops specific to EMS victory lap — the culmination of a week of intense training.
Highlights included. The IPMBA Conference, which is recognized as the premier training event for public safety cyclists, drew participants from 37 states, Canada, and the Netherlands. The conference featured a series of multi-day certification courses, a wide variety of workshops, a product expo, and an obstacle course competition.
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These courses were developed by experts in the fields of police, EMS, and security cycling, and are used by public safety agencies around the world. Download a brochure. Be prepared for the street! This essential training combines Emergency Vehicle Operations for bike officers with patrol procedures, tactics, night operations, scenarios, and basic bike maintenance and on-the-road repairs. Learn to ride like a pro, avoid crashes, and use your bike to foil the bad guys every time.