The Bike Patrol Unit supplements the Patrol Division for several months during the year.  MTPD has six bike officers who rotate patrols throughout the year.  The bikes normally ride in pairs, but can ride with as many as all six together if given a special assignment that requires all of them.  The Bike Patrol has been very successful for MTPD over the years, allowing officers to address chronic crime and quality of life problems in various neighborhoods throughout the township.  Being on bikes also affords the officers the opportunity to be more approachable and accessible to the public while out on patrol, and allows them to interact and engage with the community much closer than officers in patrol cars.