bag. Initial body placement, baton de- ployment/readying should be mastered and demonstrated and forged into the foundation of baton strikes. Generally center mass strikes against an advancing offender or strikes aimed at the center mass of the offender’s striking arm or leg will be practiced. Proper body mechanics for expand-

ing batons and pre-engagement ver- bal commands should be emphasized. Using padded practice batons can add an element of safety, but does not allow the transition between dismounting the patrol bike, expanding the baton, and utilizing good striking technique. For pepper spray drills, the bike pa-

trol officer will ride to a designated area and dismount the patrol bicycle. After disengaging from the bike, the officer will draw and aim OC Pepper Spray. Subsequently, the bike officer should demonstrate proper targeting and use of the spray if inert training aerosol is used.

Transition to Firearms

A safe and effective firearm training for bike patrol is built on the foun- dation of the previous citizen and offender contact training. Firearms training for bike officers can be imple- mented once a bike patrol officer dem- onstrates ability to approach, safely dismount, and engage a variety of subjects across a spectrum of risk. The skill of drawing and aiming a handgun is needed for providing le- thal cover as well as stopping a deadly threat. Bicycle patrol officers should practice and demonstrate proficiency in drawing and aiming after dismount and contact drills are mastered. Inert firearms such as red guns/blue guns are to be used when perfecting the transition from a moving bike to a sta- ble shooting stance, position of lethal cover, or any response to resistance requiring deadly force. The bicycle patrol officer should

ride to a designated spot, conduct a basic dismount, and then draw and aim an inert handgun at a target. Al- ternately, the officer should demon- strate a basic dismount then move to a position of cover or tactical approach. Multiple bike officers can set up drills to practice contact/cover principles

Transition from dismount to deadly force.

for felony stops and other high-risk approaches. For the emergency transition to

deadly force, the bicycle patrol officer should ride and conduct an emergency dismount, then draw an inert handgun and demonstrate aiming the gun at the center mass of a target. After basic standing shooting stance

is mastered, practice transitioning from a moving bicycle to an emer- gency dismount then transitioning to kneeling and prone positions of fire. Live fire exercises should not be done until complete mastery of the dis-

mount to firearm deployment.

Martin Day is a sworn, full-time police officer in Southwest Ohio, part-time adjunct police academy instructor, Fit-Force© certified fitness coordinator, Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission Fitness Specialist and Subject Control instructor, Parrillo Performance Certified Personal Trainer, American Kettlebell Club Coach, and Certified IPMBA Police Cyclist Instructor. He may be reached at

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