The Dover Police Mountain Bike Unit has been on patrol for the past several years. The Mountain Bike Unit was formed as an enforcement initiative targeting problems in the central business district and its surrounding neighborhoods. Officers have since used the mountain bike to patrol the low income housing areas and their assigned neighborhoods.
The bicycle borne officer affords many advantages over the traditional foot and cruiser patrols:
The use of the bicycles have resulted in greatly reduced rates of theft and nuisance crimes in the areas assigned. Coupled with programs such as the Cocheco River Crimewatch, use of the mountain bike officers in the downtown area has resulted in a decline in thefts from motor vehicles and an increase in alcohol related offense arrest.