The Cumberland Police Department re-instituted its Bicycle Patrol Program in 2012. The department has since purchased four police mountain bikes with all of the necessary equipment as well as training additional personnel on policing techniques using a bicycle. The unit is comprised of eighteen (18) officers who have successfully completed training from the International Police Mountain Bike Association.
The bicycle patrol unit enhances the crime reduction efforts of the department by giving increased mobility and rapid responses into areas that are not easily accessible by patrol vehicles. Bicycle patrol officers are also able to access problem areas throughout the city more efficiently in certain problem areas where vehicle access is limited. Examples of where a bicycle unit are more efficient include, but certainly are not limited, to the Western Maryland Train Station, C&O Canal towpath, and various housing projects within the City of Cumberland. The bicycle unit is extremely effective for patrolling parades and special events in which large crowds gather over several blocks and are well received by the community. During 2021, bicycle patrols were utilized 115 times at various events held in the city.
The unit members include: Capt. James Burt, Lt. J.W. Yarnall (retired May 2021) Lt. Korey Rounds, Lt. Andrew Tichnell, Sgt. Barry Fickes, Sgt. Jeremy Robison, Sgt. Anthony Tringler (retired November 2021), Sgt. Chris Golliday, Sgt. Chris McCann, Cpl. Alan Zapf, PFC. Ashley Athey, PFC. Ashley Davis, PFC. Allen Brown, PFC. Devin Lee (left employment with CPD in November 2021), PFC. Adam Ashby, PFC. Jonathan Roudybush, PFC. Michael Bise, and PFC. James Beck.