The West Virginia University Bicycle Patrol Unit was established in 1999. Since then the unit has grown from two Officers to anywhere from five to seven Officers. The WVU PD Bike Patrol Unit is utilized throughout campus for their ability to respond quickly to incidents while maintaining interaction with the community as a foot patrol unit would. The Bike Patrol Unit is not only used during regular shift patrols but also during special events such as Football Games, Basketball Games, Graduation Commencements, and several Community Oriented Policing Programs. The Bike Patrol Unit can be used for patrol purposes year round as long as weather permits. The Bike Patrol Unit also serves as a Crime Prevention tool in deterring crimes and incidents through increased visibility and approachability.