Who We Are
About the Bike Patrol Support Group
The Police Bike Support Group is a committee of One Safe Place, the Tarrant County Crime Prevention Agency. The PBSG assists officers of the Fort Worth Police Bike Patrol Unit and other bike-certified officers across the department by providing equipment, uniforms, special training, and recognition. Through community oriented programs the PBSG promotes the value of bike patrol to the city of Fort Worth. In addition the PBSG also funds the annual police civilian awards banquet, retirement awards for the police civilian employees, special crime prevention initiatives and other special requests from the department. The PBSG only accepts funding requests for things that are not typically funded in the annual police department budget.
The Bike Patrol Support Group operates under the direction of a Board of Trustees and the Board meets monthly at the One Safe Place offices at 1100 Hemphill St. in Fort Worth. The PBSG currently has an annual budget of approximately $245,000, mainly through individual contributions and two major fundraisers held each year. The first fundraiser, usually held in May, is Big Guns in Cowtown held at Del Frisco's in Fort Worth. The second fundraiser is the Shoot for the Blue Sporting Clay Shoot held each October at the Beaumont Ranch in Grandview, Texas.
In addition to providing specialized equipment, the PBSG sends Fort Worth Police bicycle officers to advanced bicycle training and certification programs, provides special recognition awards and conducts an annual awards banquet/picnic to recognize outstanding performance.
About the Fort Worth Bike Patrol
In 1991, the Fort Worth Police Department recognized a need to decrease crime and increase police presence in the downtown area. At the same time, a new and innovative concept in Community Policing was shown to be incredibly successful in the downtown area of Seattle, Washington. This new technique was the Police Bicycle Patrol Unit. The North Division Foot Patrol Unit then evolved into the city's Bike Patrol Unit, one of the first units established in Texas.
The unit began with nine officers and bicycles. Some of the original bicycles were purchased new and some were appropriated through the auto pound. The uniform consisted of the regular police polyester uniform shirt, which was extremely hot and uncomfortable in the summer, a pair of BDU shorts, and black athletic shoes. Today's downtown unit has grown to include 20 officers and bicycles, and a unique bike-specific uniform more suited to the duties involved and more conducive to the Texas heat. All of the bicycles in use today were purchased new and are Trek mountain bicycles made with a police specific package.
The mission of the unit is clear, to deter criminal activity and increase the public's perception of safety within the downtown area. This is accomplished through high visibility police presence, the response to all calls for service in the downtown area, maintaining a sound public relations program within the community and the continuance of public crime prevention education. In addition, the goals of the Bicycle Patrol Unit are to address crimes in target areas in a pro-active manner and also present these officers in a professiona, positive manner providing positive citizen contacts and promoting positive police public relations.
The bike patrol also consists of neighborhood police officers (NPO) that have an option of performing their duties in a police patrol vehicle or on a bicycle. The NPOs typically carry a bicycle on the back of their patrol vehicle, which gives them the ability to ride the bicycle at will. The NPOs have discovered the bicycles enable to officers to have more personal interaction with the citizens in the neighborhoods, and, of course the obvious, the bike riding contributes to the officer's fitness. There are over 70 bike certified officers throughout the department and outside of the Downtown and West 7th Street bicycle units.
Primary Services of the Police Bike Support Group
- Fund bike riding police officers with uniforms and equipment
- Provide recognition for Fort Worth Bike Patrol officers
- Provide funding for training programs and certification
- Fund awards for FWPD civilian personnel (dispatchers, administrators, etc.) and fund retirement plaques
- Provide funding to One Safe Place for crime prevention programs
- Assist with funding for the Fort Worth Police Explorers
- Provide funding for special projects
The Fort Worth Police Department is recognized nationally as one of the top bike patrol units and training programs. Now with a state of the art training facility, this program will go to the next level of expertise and professionalism. None of this would have been possible without the support of the Police Bike Support Group. The PBSG is funded by private and corporate donors and receive no funding from governmental resources. Bike riding police officers have proved a great value to the City of Fort Worth because the officers are directly accessible to their citizens. In addition, bike patrol has proven to be a successful crime prevention and crime fighting tool.
Sharon R. Kamper, Deputy Chief/Fort Worth Police Department
Deputy Chief Kamper is currently assigned as the North Commander for the Patrol Bureau. She was hired as a Fort Worth Police officer in 1991.
Deputy Chief Kamper has served in supervisory roles for Patrol, Major Case, Internal Affairs, Narcotics, Training, Youth Division, and most recently served as the Administrative Captain for the Chief of Police. Earlier in her career she had assignments in Patrol, the Bicycle Unit, East Division CIU, and the Crimes against Children Unit.
Deputy Chief Kamper comes from a family of public service. Her father recently retired as a Police Lieutenant, her brother also recently retired as a Fire Department Battalion Chief, and she has two daughters employed as Fort Worth Police officers.
Deputy Chief Kamper has a degree in Criminal Justice from Midwestern State University and has successfully completed the Southern Police Institute’s Police Executive Leadership Graduate program and the F.B.I. National Academy. Deputy Chief Kamper was honored with the Fort Worth Police Department’s 2012 Emma Richardson Award and in 1997 received CID Detective of the Year.
Deputy Chief Kamper has lived in the Fort Worth area her entire life. She and her husband, Thomas, have four adult children and three grandchildren.
The Police Bike Support Group (PBSG) is a committee authorized by the Safe City Commission (dba One Safe Place) under a 501c(3) non-profit organization. All funds donated to the PBSG are tax deductible. The PBSG strives to be transparent with respect to its operations, income and expenses:
The PBSG "non-profit transparency" encompasses every aspect of this organization. The actions of the organization reflect the core values and mission we promote. There is genuine evidence of our high regard for integrity across all core aspects of the organization — from program operation, to evaluation and communications as well as financial practices. Examples of evidence include recognizing and abiding to all applicable state and federal laws, completing regular annual reports/audits (through the One Safe Place) and making certain that information is readily available to funders. The Board is made up of volunteer business and community leaders from the Fort Worth area. No Board member receives compensation for their services.
Current List of our Board of Directors
Matt Beard, President (Downtown Fort Worth Inc.)
Glen W. Hahn, Vice-President - (Innovative Developers, Inc.)
Jonathan Ramsey, Treasurer (Nissan Corp.)
Jay Bond (HUD)
Anna Boulware (M-Pak)
Patrick Dougherty (Campbell Paper Company of Fort Worth)
Jared Fuller (Luther King Capital Radio Team)
James Graham (XTO Energy)
Dixie Jenkins (GM Financial)
Rene Kamper (Fort Worth Police)
Urbin McKeever (Frost Bank)
Steve Norris (Thompson & Knight LLP)
Betsy Price (Mayor, City of Fort Worth)
From the PBSG Chairman
The Police Bike Support Group (PBSG) has been providing citizen support as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization to the bike riding officers of the Fort Worth Police department since October of 1993. In 2005, the PBSG became a committee of the Safe City Commission (One Safe Place). Each year the PBSG raises funds through charitable contributions and fundraising events. The funds are used to purchase police bike riding apparel, uniform accessories, bicycles and bicycle accessories. In addition, the PBSG provides funding for advanced bike related training for the bike riding Officers of the FWPD. Police civilian employees are a benefactor of the PBSG through the support of their annual award banquet. The PBSG also supports the FWPD Explorers program and the crime prevention initiatives of One Safe Place.
Because of the PBSG we now have very active police bike riding teams in Downtown, West 7th, and the north side.In addition, these teams of officers have been nationally recognized as one of the best bike patrol teams with invitations to provide security at the Democratic National Convention in 2012 in Charlotte and the upcoming Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Because of the PBSG, the Neighborhood Police Officers (NPO) now have bicycles, bike carriers affixed to their patrol vehicles and bike equipment, enabling them to ride bicycles through the neighborhoods of Fort Worth year round.
The city budget only allows for certain funding of bike riding police officers and frankly the funding is inadequate to provide the best equipment, training, programming and recognition for these officers who give much to the citizens of Fort Worth. The PBSG recognizes this and endeavors to give these officers the best so they are able to do their work in a professional and skilled manner.
The PBSG Board of Directors is all volunteers from the Fort Worth business community.Because the PBSG is a volunteer organization, there are very few administrative costs; consequently the funds are spent directly supporting the bike riding officers, civilian employee recognition, Explorers and One Safe Place adult and children programs.
Please join me with your support of these officers by making a donation or committing to a sponsorship at the Shoot for the Blue sporting clay shoot. Your support does make a difference. I encourage you to find out more about the Police Bike Support Group and the Fort Worth Police Bike Units by reviewing the content of this site.
Thank you in advance,
Our fiscal year ending on December 31, 2015 proved once again to be a very successful year for the Police Bicycle Support Group. Our success would not be possible without the generosity of our community and business sponsors. I would also like to thank our Board of Directors who volunteers their time to the organization and Jeff Bryan who helps us with development.
Our 11th annual Sporting Clay Fun Shoot fundraiser was a great success. In addition to our incredible Chefs Michael Thomson and James Morris, we had a special visit from country recording star Pat Green who joined the fun and performed a few songs at the sponsor dinner. Our Big Guns event was also a great success and many thanks go to Greg Kalina and Del Frisco’s restaurant for their continuing support as well as Hal Jay from WPAP. Also, thanks to our special guest this year, LaDainian Tomlinson.
This year the Police Bicycle Support Group was able to fund $17,211 in clothing and equipment, $7,875 in new patrol bikes, $1,700 for a trailer to transport bikes, $6,175 in training, $8,046 supporting recognition and awards for the officers and $10,240 supporting the Fort Worth Police Civilian Award Banquet. Finally we contributed $30,000 to support crime prevention initiatives in the city. This year we will continue to support the officers with new bicycles, equipment, training, recognition and crime prevention initiatives through our fundraising events of Big Guns in Cowtown in May and the Shoot for the Blue Sporting Clay Shoot in October.
In January we began a new initiative “Do you back the blue”, which we are very excited about. This initiative will promote two-way support for the police and the community. In addition to promoting good relationships between the police and the community, we will be providing funding for department-wide educational and practical training programs for the officers using the proceeds from the sale of t-shirts and decals. Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/doyoubacktheblue.
Our fiscal year ending on September 30, 2014 proved once again to be a very successful year for the Fort Worth Police Bike Patrol Citizens Support Group (BSG). Our success would not be possible without the generosity of our community and business sponsors. I would also like to thank our Board of Directors who volunteer their time for this great organization. Our 10th annual Sporting Clay Fun Shoot fundraiser was a great success. This year we were able to provide $78,600 of funding to the bike riding police officers and crime prevention programs. The BSG provided $14,000 in equipment, $13,300 in training, $4,200 of recognition and awards for the officers and $7,500 supporting the Fort Worth Police Civilian Award Banquet. Finally we contributed $30,000 to support crime prevention initiatives in the city. This year we will continue to support the officers with new bicycles, equipment, training, recognition and crime prevention initiatives through our fundraising events of Big Guns in Cowtown in April and the Shoot for the Blue Sporting Clay Shoot in October.
Our fiscal year ending on September 30, 2013 proved to be a very successful year for the Fort Worth Police Bike Patrol Citizens Support Group (BSG). Our success would not be possible without the generosity of our community and business sponsors. I would also like to thank our Board of Directors who volunteer their time for this great organization. The Southside Bike Ride with Mayor Betsy was a success once again as was our 9th annual Sporting Clay Fun Shoot. This year we were able to provide $119,000 of funding to the bike riding police officers and crime prevention programs The BSG provided $62,500 in equipment which included funding a new bike patrol unit in the West 7th Street area. We were able to fund $11,800 in training, sending Officers to bike instructor certification schools and bicycle mechanic schools. We also provided funding of $9700 of recognition and awards for the Officers. Finally we contributed $35,000 to support crime prevention initiatives in the city. This year we will continue to support the Officers with new bicycles, equipment, training and crime prevention initiatives through our fundraising events the Chisholm Trail Parkway Bike Ride in May and the Sporting Clay Shoot in October.John Joyce