Big Lake Police Department has recognized the need for specialized police patrol to access many of the areas of our community that are not accessible by patrol car, including our 17 City Parks and 20 miles of bike trails. It was at this time the ATV Patrol Unit was formed, and began utilizing an all terrain vehicle for patrols as a tool to:
Deter criminal activity
Provide alternate enforcement methods
Promote public relations
The ATV Patrol Unit is now a formal part of Support Services, comprised of 8 specially trained Reserve Police Officers. In the time they have been patrolling the streets and trails of Big Lake, the ATV Patrol Unit has proven to be an effective policing tool for the City and its citizens. Officers of the ATV Patrol Unit utilize a Polaris Ranger, specially equipped for police duty use.
ATV Patrol is also part of the Big Lake Police Department's Community Policing Initiative. Officers find policing on an ATV has enabled them to interact more closely with citizens allowing them: to be better informed as to what problems exist in a particular neighborhood to address these problems and make neighborhoods in our community safer places to live.