Sgt. Donald Poirot and Ofc. Scott McWhirt, 1998
The Adams Police Bike Patrol was established in 1998 by Sgt. Donald Poirot and Ofc. Scott McWhirt, made possible by acquiring State and Federal Grant money as part of a Community Orientated Policing Program. Since then the bike patrol has been very successful within the community. The patrol is utilized for town functions, parades, crowd control, etc. where the police officer can perform law enforcement duties and, at the same time, be approachable to the citizens of Adams.
The Bike Patrol officers have been certified through the C.O.B.W.E.B. Program, (Cops On Bikes With Educated Bicyclists). The program teaches the officers on proper procedures of operating a bicycle while encountering a variety of police and crowded situations.
The concept of a police bike patrol unit is two-fold: A police function in which the officer can observe questionable activity that cannot be seen from the window of a police cruiser, and also placing the officer closer to the community, where interaction with the public occurs. Acting as good role models for the children in the town, police on bikes can educate aspects of bicycle safety and teach them how the police officer uses his bike on the job.
While several officers in the past have joined and left the Adams Bike Patrol, Chief Poirot and Sgt. McWhirt continue on in the unit which they organized. Feel free to stop them and ask any questions that you might have.