The Bicycle Patrol Unit began in 1995 in order to address several concerns of the E.I.U. community. One was to create the ability to quickly and efficiently patrol and respond to areas of the campus which are not easily accessible to vehicles, but are too large for traditional foot patrols. West campus pond and practice fields areas, University Apartment commons areas, and the Quad areas are much better served by bike patrols.
A second concern was to create a more approachable police officer. Bike patrol officers are assigned specifically to areas where there are greater concentrations of citizens on foot. This puts them closer to the public and allows them to listen to citizen concerns and act directly on those concerns. This allows the officers to be more driven by the needs of the community rather than only responding to calls for service.
A third concern was to make the officer more visible; both to deter crime and enhance the accessibility of officers.