The Fort Worth Central Bike Unit hosted it’s basic International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) School the week of October 16, 2017. This was a weeklong school preparing Officers to patrol the streets of Fort Worth. The officers went through countless cone drills, exercises through obstacle courses, 20 mile a day bike rides and conclude with an off road mountain bike ride. Officers learned a verity of techniques with their bike on how to confront a suspect on a bike, riding up and down stairs to riding their bike around crowds of people safely. There were over 25 students in the class from the Fort Worth Police Department, The City Marshalls Office, Tarrant County SO, Tarrant County College, North Richland Hills PD and the Texas Department of Public Safety. The Class was hosted at Panther Island in downtown at the Shack. The department just moved over to the IPMBA training and this was our first group of students in the department to become IPMBA Officers.
The Central Bike Unit would like to thank the following for making the class a huge success. The Fort Worth Police Bike Support Group, The Trinity River Vision Authority, Tarrant Regional Water District and a special thanks to Lt. Greg Bowen with TCC who help our instructors with this class. Lt. Bowen is a longtime IPMBA Instructor and was instrumental in helping us with our class. As the Supervisor of the Downtown Bike Unit I would like to thank all my officers for their dedication they gave to this calls.
Lorne Tracy, Sergeant
Central Bike Unit