October 4, 2011

Cops on bikes: "It's a hazardous duty in that you don't have a squad car around you."

"I don't think any of this is a risk that's above and beyond what we do on a daily basis. It's part of the job. It's an inherent danger to be a police officer. It's an inherent danger to be a bicycle officer. But the five in a month is obviously more than we'd like to see any time."

Life in Milwaukee.

14 comments:

Fred4Pres said...

Riding a bike in traffic is dangerous. A least a bike cop can shoot the driver who gets out of control. The rest of us are usally not packin!

bagoh20 said...

I'm not afraid to say that running over a cop after a few beers is probably a bad move, but it's just a theory.

Fred4Pres said...

bagoh20, only if you get caught!

Oh wait, this is not The Agitator, my bad!

traditionalguy said...

Do the have sirens and flashing blue lights? If not, it's no wonder they get no respect.

MadisonMan said...

Do they bike patrol in winter?

edutcher said...

I appreciate the problem, but it just isn't as dashing as "Adam-12".

Dustin said...

Yeah, of course it's hazardous. And I suspect more humble. And harder work.

Good for them for doing it.

bagoh20 said...

They should pull a little red wagon with lights and stuff. How about a little paddy wagon?

Methadras said...

Wow, officer squishy talks about danger. Try riding with a banana seat donut eater.

EDH said...

For various reasons, cops tend to vist the ER at the drop of the hat.

Mary Beth said...

The ideas that the bikes are both well-lighted and that being on a bike makes it easier to sneak up on people seems contradictory to me.

I think I understand what they mean, it just is worded oddly.

Is it just a fluke that there are more accidents than last year or could it be that people who have come in from out of state for the protests are unfamiliar with the area and are more focused on finding their way than they are with what is around them? The hit-and-runs, not the people they caught.

A. Shmendrik said...

I'd like to have a Glock and a license to kill when I am out riding. The snowbirds are starting to return to FL and the risk to bicyclists increases exponentially.

Curious George said...

Mary Beth said...

Is it just a fluke that there are more accidents than last year or could it be that people who have come in from out of state for the protests are unfamiliar with the area and are more focused on finding their way than they are with what is around them? The hit-and-runs, not the people they caught."

Milwaukee is 90 miles (and a million light years) away from Madison.

Thomas W said...

Milwaukee appears to have the same problem as bicycle police in my city. While they may have all the lights required by law (assuming this is really enough), it appears they are wearing a black uniform when patrolling at night (contrary to standard public safety advice not to wear dark colors near traffic at night). Perhaps a lighter color uniform or a florescent orange or green vest?