Orange Helmet Patrol Kicks Off with Community Bike Ride

Photo credit: thebmag

Photo credit: thebmag

Join police officers from the 2nd District Mountain Bike Tactical Unit for a high-visibility community bike ride through 2nd District neighborhoods on Saturday, April 5.

The Orange Helmet Patrol is a new twist on an old concept. Traditionally, Orange Hat Patrols have been a widely used and accepted component of community policing. Founded in 1988 in Washington, DC the Orange Hats consisted of community members who joined with police to walk a neighborhood, take note of public safety concerns and demonstrate a visible presence to residents. With the increasing popularity of biking, the 2nd District has added wheels to this community policing initiative.

The first Orange Helmet Patrol will kick off on April 5 at 1:00 p.m. at the 2nd District Station, 3320 Idaho Avenue, NW. Community members of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to join the hour-long bike ride. All participants under 16 years old must wear a helmet – it’s the law. However, it does not have to be orange.

Following this inaugural ride, Orange Helmet Patrols will take place on the first Saturday of each month at 1:00 p.m. For more information on the program contact Sgt. Patrick Loftus (patrick.loftus@dc.gov) or 2nd District Citizens’ Advisory Council Chairman Brian Turmail (turmailb@agc.org).

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