The Riverdale Police Bike Unit, which was established in August of 2005, was implemented for the purpose of patrolling the borough parks, soccer fields and baseball fields, business district, assist in street fairs and concerts, residential neighborhoods, and to interact with the residents and public in general. The new unit will give officers the opportunity to have greater contact with the public and offer more of an opportunity for interaction with residents. The idea for the unit originated with Ptl. DiGirolamo, an avid mountain biker, who felt establishing a bike unit would enhance police presence in the community.
We are very appreciative of Tilcon Quarry, ROC Enterprises of Maywood, and Garden Commercial Properties of Short Hills, who donated the money used to purchase the three brand new bicycles and necessary equipment. The bikes are equipped with basic first aid kits should the need arise. Currently, Ptl. DiGirolamo, who initiated the program, along with Sgt. Biro, Ptl. Keil, and Ptl. Roemmele have all been certified by completing a 32 hour basic mountain bike policing course given at Mountain Lakes Police Dept. Eventually, we hope to have all officers certified for bike patrol.