The National Sheriffs’ Association recognizes Cpl. Jeremy Gardner with the “Innovation Award” for the proposal and development of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Rural Bike Patrol. The Innovation Award is an award for Sheriff’s Offices, nationwide, whose achievements promote institutional excellence. “The award signifies a significant advancement in the implementation and effective delivery of a highly innovate idea for the institution of The American Sheriff”, states Jonathan Thompson, Executive Director of the National Sheriffs’ Association. “Cpl Gardner has implemented this program and has created a replicable national model for other sheriff’s offices to follow.”
The Rural Bike Patrol enhances BCSO’s community policing efforts and improves crime prevention. This unit is easily deployable for focused patrol in apartment complexes, subdivisions, state parks, business districts and strip malls, as well as large events.
All expenses for the formation of this unit, including special ‘stealth’ bikes, bike equipment and uniforms, were donated by local businesses and individuals. No county funds were used to put this special crime fighting unit in the field.