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
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.