Patrick, NYPD officer, Little Italy
There just aren’t that many cops on bikes in New York, so I was glad Patrick agreed to a portrait and a quick chat.
It’s great to see a cop on a bike – there aren’t a lot of you!
Yeah, it’s three guys in my precinct, and that’s only during the summer.
Do you like this assignment?
Oh yeah, it’s great, and… I can definitely use the exercise.
Do you ride outside of the job?
Yeah, I bike around my house, on Staten Island.
Not the best place to bike.
There were some good places, before Sandy. But I take the ferry to Manhattan and then walk to work from there.
From the ferry to Little Italy? You should join Citi Bike, it would be perfect for you.
Yeah? Maybe. I’ll take a look.
So… do you ticket cyclists?
Well… no, I don’t really do much of that. But you know, I think there should be more respect out there for pedestrians. I see it on the Brooklyn Bridge, with these guys blowing through in the bike lane and yelling at people. Yes, I know, there’s a bike lane there, but come on, you know? Let’s all work together a little bit here.
So, what if you have to chase someone by bike?
The department has a training program where they teach you this move where you ditch the bike and tackle the suspect. It’s a three-day course, really intensive.
Have you ever had to do it?