April 08, 2021
New CCSO Bike Patrol
In partnership with Charleston County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), the Town of Kiawah is adding bike patrol as a new extension to public safety services for the island. While other jurisdictions utilize bikes as a part of their patrols, Kiawah’s bike patrol is the first of this kind for the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office. The Town purchased and supplied CCSO with two bikes to utilize as an additional resource in their patrols.
The Town’s goal is to increase the visibility of law enforcement presence and provide easier access to areas of the island, such as the bike paths, nature trails, and golf courses. This will aid the deputy’s ability to respond to criminal activity, accidents, and medical-related incidents to less accessible areas of the island and provide other first responder agencies with critical information. Additionally, bike patrol gives the Town’s dedicated deputies opportunities to become closer to the community and increase positive community interactions with law enforcement. Deputies that are a part of the bike patrol attended a 40-hour training where they are taught precision riding, bike laws, emergency operation tactics, and how to use the equipment in civil disturbances.
Berkeley County, the City of Charleston, and Isle of Palms are among the other communities that incorporate bike patrols in their public safety plans. The Town is excited to add this service to our public safety measures for the community. Residents can expect to see and encounter the bike patrols’ presence regularly about the island in the future.