CHP VLOG Ep. 4 – Bicycle Patrol Unit

CHP VLOG Ep. 4 – Bicycle Patrol Unit


>>RONIE: Hey, what’s going on? My name is Officer Ronie Esquivel and thank
you very much for tuning into our VLOG. Today, we’re going to show you one of the
most unique jobs on the California Highway Patrol. Working in one of the most beautiful places
in California. [music]>>RONIE: We’re at the Golden Gate Bridge,
and we’re going to spend the day with the Marin Area Bicycle Patrol Unit and I think
they’re coming right now. Hey, I’m Officer Ronie Esquivel.>>SGT. INGELS: Ross Ingels, nice to meet you.>>RONIE: Hey, Officer Esquivel>>OFFICER WELENSKY: Hey, Zach Welensky, nice
to meet you.>>RONIE: Pleasure to meet you both. Hey, so a lot of our viewers out there, didn’t
know that the California Highway Patrol, patrols the Golden Gate Bridge. So, Sgt. Ingels, can you tell our viewers a little bit
about why we started?>>SGT. INGELS: Of course. So, the Bicycle Patrol started in 2001, after
the terrorist attacks in New York City on September 11th. We sent five officers up to the Academy for
a 40-hour intensive Bicycle Patrol training class, and we’ve been patrolling the Golden
Gate Bridge ever since.>>RONIE: What are the requirements to get
on the Bicycle Patrol Unit? Because, I know I’m an officer, but I can’t
just hop on a bike and start patrolling the Golden Gate Bridge.>>SGT. INGELS: So, any officer assigned to the Marin
Area Office can be on our Bicycle Patrol Unit. Officers that are interested and that are
selected get sent up to the Academy where they go through a 40-hour intensive Bicycle
Patrol training class. While riding a bike seems easy and most people
can do it…>>RONIE: Right.>>SGT. INGELS: Riding a patrol bike is different
because we’re on the sidewalks, we’re working in and out of pedestrians, almost always at
really slow speeds.>>RONIE: Remember you don’t need any specialized
training or anything like that. We’re going to put you through our training. But, you have to be an officer first, and
to be an officer you’ve got to go online to www.chpcareers.com and submit your online
application.>>ZACH: Okay Ronie, so here’s your training
bike for the day.>>RONIE: Sweet.>>ZACH: You can ride a bike?>>RONIE: I, I can. I see that you took the training wheels off,
so I appreciate that.>>ZACH: Yep, yep, and it’s a, we’ve got
a helmet for you and obviously you’ve not gone through the 40-hour training course so, we’ll just be going on a ride along today
so I can show you the beat.>>RONIE: I know you said this is a training
bike. I mean mine looks a little different from
yours. So, can you talk a little bit about what you
have on your bike?>>ZACH: Sure, so this starts out as like a bike,
pretty much just like yours. We add a few things, we’ve got lights
here, we have a little siren. Uh, we have our pack in the back for all of
the stuff we need, just like you do in a car. Other than that, it’s just a front suspension
mountain bike. We’ve got some disc brakes at the front. Stand towards the back and that’s pretty
much it really.>>RONIE: Do these lights illuminate red and
blue?>>ZACH: Uh, they do. [siren]>>RONIE: Haha, that’s cool. Tell the viewers how long you’ve been on
and how long you’ve been on the Bicycle Patrol Unit here in Marin?>>ZACH: So, I broke in here in Marin about
two and a half years ago, and actually got on bike patrol pretty soon after that. So, I’ve been doing this for about two years
now. It sounded really cool, so I just put in the
application and was fortunate to pass the training.>>RONIE: What’s your favorite part about
working?>>ZACH: Just the diversity, I mean its cool
to drive the cars, but to get paid to ride a bicycle on the Golden
Gate Bridge, you really can’t beat that.>>RONIE: Can you explain a little bit more
about your beat, your daily duties, what you guys do?>>ZACH: Sure, so our beat is primarily the
bridge. We’ve also got parking lots either side
that we patrol. Um, there’s areas under the bridge, all
around the bridge. But, probably the biggest part of our job
though is crisis intervention. So, we have a lot of people that come to the
bridge, who are maybe not in the right state of mind, who need some help, and that’s a big part of our job. Trying to get those people the help that they
need, and intervene before they do something they can’t undo.>>RONIE: Did you go through any additional
training to handle that certain situation?>>ZACH: Yeah, so as part of the Bicycle Patrol
Unit they sent me to a four-day class which is predominately for crisis intervention. Um, it deals with all aspects of that, but
obviously the suicide prevention is the bit that we focus on here at the bridge and that’s
been a huge help to me, doing this job on a day-to-day basis. [music]>>ZACH: So, just like you would in a car,
the start of everyday we’re just going to sweep our beat. So, we’ll head across the bridge and make
sure everything looks normal. Make sure there’s nobody who looks like
they’re in trouble, or needs our help. Typically though we’re looking for people,
on their own, who just look a little out of place. As I mentioned earlier, this is a good way
to interact with people in a non-enforcement manner. We can actually work with the car units though. On the sidewalk we can, we can shoot speed. The speed limit on the bridge is 45. People kind of just use it like a freeway
though, so, there’s a lot of people going a lot faster than 45 on the bridge. [music]>>Zach: Okay Ronie, so you did really great
on the bridge there. I gave you an idea of what each day entails. Now I’m going to show you a little bit about
the training we have to go through before we can do that. Okay?>>RONIE: Sounds good.>>ZACH: So, Sergeant Ingels here set up one
of the many obstacles we have to go through. So, I’ll explain that and see how you do. Okay?>>RONIE: Alright.>>ZACH: So, this one it looks pretty simple. It’s a box measuring nine feet by nine feet. So, we want to be able to turn the bike in
a tight area without hitting any cones, or any people or anything up there. Okay?>>RONIE: Got it.>>ZACH: So, what we’re going to do, is
we’re just going ride in, complete two full circles and then ride out.>>RONIE: Oh.>>ZACH: So yeah, nice, nice and slow and
just aim for those deep corners and give yourself as much space as you can. [music]>>ZACH: There you go.>>RONIE: AHHHH>>ZACH: Almost.>>RONIE: Oh boy, alright.>>ZACH: Let’s give it one more try. [music]>>ZACH: So, that’s about one and a half
and you hit two cones, so there’s a little bit of work to do. But, pretty good, pretty good.>>RONIE: These guys are awesome, they make
it look so simple, but it’s much much harder than it looks. Alright, what’s next?>>ZACH: So next is what we call a track stand. Okay, so you come in, between these two cones,
hold it for one one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand. Okay, and then ride out. So, as you saw on the sidewalk you might get
stuck behind a pedestrian or a cyclist and you might need to hold it there for a minute
or two, while the coast is clear. Okay?>>ZACH: One one thousand, two…>>RONIE: Laughing>>ZACH: One one thousand, two one thousand [laughing]>>ZACH: You almost had it, you almost had
it.>>RONIE: I was going to hang on, but I know
where I was going.>>ZACH: We started you off at, at the narrowest.>>RONIE: Oh okay.>>ZACH: But, to practice we’ll start a bit
wider and then bring it in as you get used to the skill. You show some good promise though, I think
if you went through the training you would have no problem at all.>>RONIE: Well, I, I appreciate that. Obviously, I have a lot more practicing to
do. But, I want to thank these gentlemen for allowing
us to hang out with you for a day. Thank you so much.>>ZACH: Thanks for coming down.>>SGT. INGELS: It’s been a great day.>>RONIE: Thank you sir, I know I learned
a lot and I know our viewers learned a lot about the Marin Area Bicycle Patrol Unit. And again, if you’re interested in a career
with the California Highway Patrol, go to: www.chpcareers.com and remember please like, subscribe, and comment
below and we’ll see you at our next one. [music]>>ZACH: There you go. [music]>>RONIE: Can we just show that one? [laughing] [No!] [music]

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33 Comments

  1. This video reminds me of back when I could ride 20 MPH I was not able to keep up with a Sheriff on the American River Bike Trail.

  2. thank you for this important position of Bicycle Patrol. I had no idea it existed…Thank you also to everyone at CHP…appreciate you all so much and thanks for another outstanding video share…

  3. Thanks CHP Officer R Es. for this video on the CHP Bicycle Patrol … I enjoyed learning about this different division of CHP patrols πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ƒπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ’™ Thanks CHP for all you do always πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

  4. HIGHWAY PAYROL..CHA CHING… PULL OVER ! What do you have to do wrong to wind up on a bike ? 40 hours to learn how ro ride a bike… jeeze ?

  5. Thank you for sharing this aspect of the CHP. I like the fact that you have been through crisis training and are there when needs you the most. I wish we had this on our Coronado bridge we have had too many desperate people lately. Thank you for your service to our community. I wish ya'll well

  6. Can you guys please do a motor video just the obstacles and stuff the go through at training and such but I love you guys you guys rock CHP

  7. Has the CHP ever considered e-bikes? They would increase endurance plus give officers the option to go up to 28 mph when there is a need to respond quickly.

  8. Ok, as cool and awesome as this is I would still be hella pissed if i got pulled over in a car by a bike… since bikes are technically vehicles and they have a forward solid red and all that…

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