The Bicycle Patrol Unit is able to field a number of officers trained and equipped for bicycle patrol on specialized bikes with police markings and equipment. Each of these officers has a primary job responsibility separate from bicycle patrol. The officers are deployed at various times from late spring to early fall.
The Bicycle Patrol has been successfully deployed to attend to special police problems throughout Rantoul. This method of patrol is advantageous when compared to traditional motorized patrol or foot patrol. Bicycle patrols are faster than foot patrols, less obtrusive than motorized patrols, can go to places motorized patrols cannot while providing greater face-to-face interaction with the community.