Mountain Bike Unit


The purpose of the Bicycle Patrol Unit is to perform visible patrol duties, community relations and crime prevention. The Bicycle Patrol places police officers in the community where they are the most available to the general public. Here they can work side by side with the people in our community to reduce crime, prevent loss of property, stop personal injury, and promote a positive image of our department to both adults and children alike.

In addition to regular patrol, the services the Bike Patrol Unit is utilized during special events such as road races, Music in the Port and Cranberry Festival events.

The Bike Patrol Unit is made up of ten members of the Harwich Police Department. Each member had to attend a Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Counsel approved course. The Harwich Police Department chose to send its members to the training put on by the International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA). This training combines emergency vehicle operations for bike officers with patrol procedures, tactics, night operations, scenarios, and basic bike maintenance and on-the-road repairs.

Sgt. Adam Hutton (Unit Supervisor)

Officer Robert Hadfield

Officer Neil Nolan

Officer Thomas Clarke

Officer Richard Buttrick

Officer Derek Dutra

Officer Peter Petell

Officer Amy Walinski

Officer Jim Connery

Special Officer Robert Horgan

To learn more information about the laws and safety information concerning the use of bicycles, check out the following links:

MA Laws

Bicycles – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Kids and Bicycle Safety –  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

BikeSafety – KidsHealth

NationalBike Month – League of American Bicyclists