MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) –The Minneapolis Police Bike Patrol began patrolling the Midtown Greenway again for the warm weather months on Thursday.

According to the MPD, officers from the city’s 3rd precinct will patrol the 5.7 mile-long Greenway by bike, and additional patrols from the Bike Rapid Response Team (BRRT) will assist on Friday and Saturday nights during the summer.

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Officers voluntarily take on Bike Patrol duties in addition to their normal police work after undergoing a one week training course. They must also successfully complete a mountain bike obstacle course.

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Members of the BRRT are seasoned bike patrol officers with specific training to handle large events and assist with crowd control.

Soren Jensen, the executive director of the Midtown Greenway Coalition, says the Bike Patrols will help keep the Greenway safe during the summer months.

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“Together with our Trail Watch safety patrol, Crime Prevention Task Force and alert riders who call 911 when they see suspicious activity in the Greenway, the MPD bike patrols will help keep crime low in the corridor,” Jensen said.