Amherst College police officers have been patrolling the campus, lots, bike paths and surrounding wooded areas on mountain bicycles since 1994. In 2008 the police added a Vectrix Electric Motorcycle to the patrol fleet.
The officers are easily identified as police officers with blue shorts or training pants and french blue long and short sleeve polo shirts. The polo shirts have an embroidered badge and the word "Police" on the back and the department patch on the sleeve.
In cooler weather, the officers are assigned highly visible blue patrol jackets with Police in large letters on the back. The uniform has become so popular with the officers and community that we are now issuing it to many officers for community policing activities.
The bicycles are black with white police lettering and are equipped with nightime lighting and a rack to carry equipment. The Vectrix is white with blue lettering and is equipped with emergency lighting.
The Bike Patrol has proven to be highly beneficial to interaction between the officers and the community. The officers ride as weather allows from March until late November.