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Bike squad gets bumped up

August 25, 2005

Thomasville-- The Thomasville Police Department's bicycle squad is becoming nationally certified through the Police Mountain Bike Association.

Seven additional officers will be added to the existing four person team. It's based in a central location in Thomasville so officers can branch out quickly.

Officer Terry Whigham says the main advantage of the bicycle squad is stealth. "Our main times of operation is at nighttime. We use cover and concealment methods using buildings, dark paths in the roadways, different patrol techniques that we use with the bicycle to conceal ourselves," says Whigham.

The officers have to complete at least 32 hours of training. They're schooled in safety, takedowns, high risk stops, and obstacle evasion.

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