The Muscatine Police Department implemented its first dedicated Bike Patrol in 1996 as a growing system of citywide parks and walking / hiking trails began demanding police services. In addition to patrolling the parks and trail system the department bike patrol also works during special events where crowds and limited space make a squad car impractical.
The Bike Patrol has also been a bonus to our patrol division in fight night time crimes of opportunity such as criminal mischief and vehicle burglary. The ability to move quickly and quietly through a neighborhood makes the Bike Patrol one of the most useful tools in the department's arsenal.
Presently Muscatine has over 10 miles of paved and unimproved trails and walking paths, as well as 20+ parks with more than a combined 550 acres throughout the city. Areas such as the Soccer Complex and Kent-Stein Park are best patrolled on bicycle since there are few roads at either location.