Bicycle, Motorcycle, and Snowmobile Patrol

Contained within the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service's Patrol Services Division are the Bicycle, Motorcycle, and Snowmobile Units.  They are seasonable in nature and dependant upon manpower availability.  However, they form an important part of the Police Service's Business Plan and traffic enforcement goals and objectives which include identifying and addressing community concerns through the use of such strategies as community-oriented policing and directed patrols.

The use of bicycles instead of cars can make police officers more easily approachable, especially in low-crime areas.  They also enhance the mobility and range of foot patrols. 

Bicycle patrols focus on enforcing traffic offences and bylaws while at the same time reminding the public on how to stay safe while riding their bicycles.  Bicyclists when cycling on the road are bound by the same set of rules as a motor vehicle.


Police officers have used motorcycles—primarily for the enforcement of traffic laws and as escort vehicles—since the early 20th century.  The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service utilizes their motorcycle officers in traffic and radar enforcement, traffic escorts, and parades.


With the Snowmobile Patrol Unit, the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service endeavours to increase public education and awareness of snowmobile safety and the dangers of drinking and operating a snowmobile. 

The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service also participates in the S.T.O.P. Program (Snowmobile Trail Officer Patrol).  Its goals are to enforce the Motorized Snow Vehicle Act and related Municipal Bylaws and to provide an increased sense of security and safety to the snowmobiling community.



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