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Bicycle helmets are a proven way of reducing the death and injury toll from bicycle crashes. Where helmet laws are in place, officers should participate in the efforts to enforce their use. Where helmet use is voluntary, officers should strongly encourage cyclists to wear helmets.

Police departments should mandate helmet use by bicycle police officers. They are of proven value in protecting the officer. Failure to use such safety equipment may lead to denial of workmen's compensation claims made by an injured officer. It is also important that officers set a good role model for other cyclists in their community.