Conway Police Department
The Conway Police Department Bike Patrol was started in 1989 through the efforts of Commissioner Jim Yeager and the donation of two bicycles from Sports Outlet, a local sports store. It is funded through a grant from the NH Highway Safety Agency that the department applies for annually. This grant funds the officer's patrol hours, with any additional equipment and uniforms being purchased by the department.
The bike patrol team is volunteer-based. Each officer is trained through a week long course at the New Hampshire Police Academy. Training consists of off-road riding, riding up and down stairs, hazard riding, and learning to pick up items while riding. The patrol area includes all roads within the jurisdiction of the Conway Police Department and beyond to include forest trails in the area. The bike patrol has been very beneficial in expanding on police coverage in such a busy tourist area. The patrol is adept in getting through traffic to answer calls and has the advantage of an approach not possible in a cruiser.
Watch for the team out on the roads on weekends from July through Labor Day!