“New York’s Bicycle Policemen”

Before there were cop cars and surveillance cameras, NYPD patrolmen walked their beat or kept an eye out via bicycle. 

“Bicycles a great help,” reads a New York Times headline from 1896. The story goes on to cite their use in catching runaway horses and preventing cyclists from reckless riding. “More bluecoats a-wheel recommended by the head of the force to the police board.”

This group of bike police, from an 1899 NYPL photo, looks ready to ride.

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  3. Rosie Says:

    I have an old photo of the Fisher Police Department,New York,over 50 officers. I would love to know anything about this Department,thanks

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