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Leesburg Hosts Police Mountain Bike Training Course
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From the Town of Leesburg, VA – The Town of Leesburg recently hosted the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy’s Police Mountain Bike basic training class.  Nineteen officers from Arlington County, the City of Alexandria, the City of Manassas Park, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Metro Transit Police, Loudoun County and the Town of Leesburg participated in the four-day class which took place during the last week of September.

Taught by Officer Bruce Jackson, of the George Mason University Police Department, and Officer Greg Parsons, of the Leesburg Police Department, the class follows the International Police Mountain Bike Association’s (IPMBA) training standards.  The class combines classroom training with practical experience.  Using a variety of environments within the Town of Leesburg, such as the Village at Leesburg, Ida Lee Park, the Historic Downtown and a number of residential neighborhoods, students learn how to handle mountain bikes in situations involving obstacles such as stairs, curbs, or off-road trails.  The basic training class is offered twice a year in Leesburg and is part of the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy’s calendar of in-service training opportunities for member agencies.

According to IPMBA, the use of mountain bikes is one of the fastest growing trends in law enforcement.  Mountain bikes provide the ability to have a highly mobile and visible patrol presence in places where cars cannot go, like parks, crowded or congested areas, alleys, and pedestrian-oriented shopping centers.  The Leesburg Police Department has 18 officers trained for mountain bike patrols.  These officers have been deployed in the Historic Downtown, during the 4th of July celebration at Ida Lee Park, and other similar situations.

“Police bikes provide flexibility in patrolling the myriad of environment found in our community,” explained Joseph Price, Leesburg’s Police Chief.  “We have found their usage to be key components of our community policing strategies.”

For more information about the use of mountain bikes in law enforcement, please visit the IPMBA website at www.ipmba.org.

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