The purpose of the Princeton University Bike Patrol (PUBP) is to patrol campus in a way that cars and officers on foot cannot. The PUBP is an important part of Public Safety for several reasons: bicycles allow the officers the advantage of being able to hear and see things as if they are on foot, but also have the speed and ability to respond to locations on campus, sometimes more efficiently and faster than a vehicle. Another advantage of being on a bike is the accessibility to the members of the community. Having officers on bikes has improved our personal relationships and made them more approachable than officers in moving cars. It is also easier for a cyclist to ride into the courtyards on paths and areas that cars cannot access.
The PUBP is comprised of specially trained members. The PUBP members wearing the royal blue/black shirts are the sworn patrol officers. The PUBP members wearing the white/black shirts are the non-sworn security officers. The PUBP ride during the months of March until late November.
Training for PUBP Members
All members of the PUBP must receive a 40 hour initial basic training course. The course is taught by a certified International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) instructor. During the initial basic training, officers receive training on: bicycle maintenance, riding skills, equipment maintenance, and bicycle patrol tactics. Specifically, some of the things members of the PUBP learn are: repairing a flat tire, riding up and down steps, proper helmet fit and slow riding maneuvers. After the initial basic training officers will train daily to stay sharp in their riding skills.
Current PUBP Members:
- Sergeant John Barbour
- Security Officer Thomas Glospie
- Security Officer Barbara Loman
- Campus Police Officer Luke Miller
- Campus Police Officer Jason Vacirca
Some Helpful Pre-Ride Tips from your DPS Bike Patrol
- Make sure your helmet fits properly
- Check your bike’s reflectors and lights to be sure they are working, especially at night
- Proper tire inflation - Always check your tires before a ride!
- Brakes work properly - Always test your brakes!
- Make sure your seat is properly adjusted so that you are sitting comfortably. The angle of your knee should be between 25-30 degrees when your foot rests on the pedal
- Know the rules of the roadways when you ride
- Properly secure your bike with a U-Lock
- And, most importantly RIDE SAFELY!!