Putting a police officer on a bicycle has many advantages. It makes the officer more approachable to the public without the car doors and windows forming a barrier between the officer and citizen allowing for more informal interactions. This approachability augments the Mount Pleasant Police Department's commitment to community policing, working in partnership with the community we serve.
A bicycle also has access to areas that a car cannot go, such as trails, side yards and some alleys. This broadens our patrol abilities, especially when it comes to pursuing suspects on foot. A bicycle is less obtrusive and more low key than a patrol cars. It allows the officer to approach a situation without being observed and without as great an interruption in "normal" activity than driving a car into an area.