The Norman Police Department (NPD) hosted the first ever IPMBA (International Police Mountain Bike Association) sponsored course, the Instructor Course with a number of regional law enforcement agencies taking part. Held October 16-20, this highly challenging course tests skills and knowledge, along with instruction for building future public safety cycling instructors.
The course spans one week as each candidate is required to demonstrate the qualities and knowledge necessary to instruct in the area of public safety cycling. During this course there were 27 that began the class with 25 passing. Agencies represented that passed the course are as follows:
Norman Police Department (Norman, OK); University of Oklahoma Police Department (Norman, OK); Pasadena Police Department (Pasadena, TX); Northeastern State University Police Department (Tahlequah, OK); Edmond Police Department (Edmond, OK); University of Minnesota Police Department (Minneapolis, MN); Yukon Police Department (Yukon, OK); Converse Police Department (Converse, TX); Lyon County Sheriff’s Department (Emporia, KS); Fort Worth Police Department (Fort Worth, TX); Pearland Police Department (Pearland, TX); Ketchikan Police Department (Ketchikan AK); North Richland Hills Police Department (North Richland Hills, TX); Poteau Police Department (Poteau, OK); Wichita Police Department (Wichita, KS); Fort Bend County EMS (Rosenberg, TX); San Antonio Fire Department (San Antonio, TX); Las Cruces Police Department (Las Cruces, NM); Canon City Police Department (Canon City, CO).
Instructor trainers that taught the course were lead instructor trainer SGT Thomas Zermeno from the Norman Police Department, with assistant instructor trainers Jay Littlejohn from Riverwind Public Safety, and CPT Greg Bowen from Tarrant County College Police Department (Arlington, TX).
We wish to thank IPMBA, the Norman Police Department, the Bratcher-Miner FOP Lodge 122, the Citizens Police Academy Alumni of Norman, and the University of Oklahoma Police Department for their assistance in making this course happen.