From the L.A.P.D. Blog our Senior Lead officer Craig White is mentioned, officer White trained many of the bicycle officers.
Congratulations Officer White!
We certainly hope that the L.A.P.D. will bring back bicycle officers to patrol our neighborhood. We support and agree with Chief Bratton that the Bike Patrol is an "essential component" for the L.A.P.D.
Bicycle Officer Inspection
This morning saw the first of what is hoped to become an annual tradition: the Citywide Bicycle Officer Inspection at the Elysian Park Academy Field. At 8:00 A.M., Chief Bratton, Assistant Chiefs Jim McDonnell and Earl Paysinger and other ranking officers, as well as Los Angeles Police Foundation President Karen Oleon Wagener, inspected all of the Los Angeles Police Department's Bike Patrol officers. Chief Bratton addressed the crowd immediately after the successful inspection, describing his pride for what he called an "essential component" of the Department. A long-time supporter of bicycle patrol units, the Chief pledged to grow and expand the unit during his administration. He cited the efficiency of bicycle policing as one of its many advantages to the Department, and to our communities.
Assistant Chief McDonnell introduced Officer Craig White, who trained many of the bicycle officers. On the eve of his retirement at the end of the month, Officer White referred to bike unit officers as having "the best job possible in the Department."
Assistant Chief Paysinger remarked on the health benefits to the bike officer. He complimented the gathered men and women and stated they sent a powerful message to the community in terms of police presence and visibility.
After the inspection, the officers went took a "Pride Ride" to downtown Police Headquarters and then returned to Elysian Park Academy for a day of races and competition with police bicycle officers from more than thirty invited Los Angeles and Orange County Police Agencies.