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Candidates hope to pedal onto Salt Lake City police bike squad

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 18 2013 6:54 p.m. MDT

Officer Sarah Mullen crashes while riding up a steep hill as the Salt Lake City Police Departments Strategic Deployment Bureau conducts a Bicycle Operations School in Salt Lake City Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. The hands-on training helps officers interested in the post to understand the rigors of patrolling the city or the foothills on a bicycle.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Police Department's Bike Squad is looking for a few good riders.

Fourteen city police and four Utah Transit Authority officers are taking a three-day bicycle training course, being put through several drills that include maneuvering through cone patterns, making tight turns, successfully negotiating stairs at EnergySolutions Arena and racing around downtown while performing various tasks at each stop.

The drills are meant to mimic urban and foothill conditions. The four bike squads from the Salt Lake City Police Department typically work downtown, in the city's parks and at special events.

After passing the course, the group then waits for any openings that come up on the bike squad. Salt Lake police spokeswoman Lara Jones said the good news for this class was there are immediate openings available.

— Pat Reavy

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