Sergeant William Barrett
Patrolman Robert Farina
Patrolman Dean Chiaramonte
Patrolman Matthew Immekus (Certified Instructor)
Patrolman Mark Sullivan
In 2011, with the assistance of generous donations from Dick’s Sporting Goods and Target, Ross Township Police implemented the Bike Patrol program. Current officers assigned to the bikes are nationally certified after attending and successfully completing an intensive forty hour training course held by the International Police Mountain Bike Association. Additionally, Officer Immekus is one of only several officers who are nationally certified as an IPMBA Instructor in Western Pennsylvania.
Ross Township currently utilizes Trek 24 speed mountain bikes. The bikes are outfitted in accordance to national standards for police cycles and are classified as emergency vehicles by PA statute. One obvious advantage of the bikes is the low cost of maintenance as compared to traditional vehicular patrols, in addition to being more environmental friendly.
The bike unit serves roles in both Special Programs as well as Patrol. While it is not practical with the township geography to utilize the bicycles full time, we have found the bikes to be effective in many functions. One of the major benefits has been increased personal interaction with our community. Additionally the bicycles provide officers with increased visual and auditory awareness of their surroundings as compared to those in patrol cars. Bike officers also will typically have a better chance of locating criminal activity in progress as the violators are less likely to notice officers approaching.
The bikes have been utilized in a number of ways throughout the year. These uses include community events such as 4th of July, Community Day, and Halloween. The bikes also were deployed in the business districts throughout the Holiday shopping season. Additionally they may be sent to various neighborhoods in response to a particular increase in crime. Finally the bikes can also be sent out as needed for assistance with missing person or suspect searches or for residential traffic enforcement.