Sergeant Pasqueal and the bike unit
The Lower Moreland Police Department is excited to introduce a new police unit to residents of the Township of Lower Moreland. The LMPD Bike Patrol Unit, which launched earlier this year, will begin regular patrols later this spring under the direction of Supervisor Sergeant John Pasqueal.
Residents can expect to see cycle patrol officers all over town, including on the Pennypack Trail. The bikes will give officers much more versatility to patrol and respond to emergencies in areas that are more difficult to reach and inaccessible to cars. In the evening, officers from the cycling unit will patrol neighborhoods and local parks. They will be there to ensure public safety and to deter crimes that occur more often at night, such as car break-ins.
In addition to offering greater flexibility when performing police work over difficult terrain and improved capabilities to deter and respond to certain types of criminal activity, the Bicycle Patrol Unit will also serve as a tool for valuable community relationships. “An officer on a bicycle is much more accessible,” said Sgt. Pasqueal. “In a car, especially if the windows are up, the officers are isolated. A bicycle agent is able to communicate better with members of a community. The bike unit will also become a regular feature at community events, ensuring public safety and participating in events and activities like parades.
Six LMPD officers, including Sgt. Pasqueal, have successfully completed the training and certification process to operate the department’s new bespoke police bikes. The International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) oversees the 40-hour course required for certification, which includes long bike rides, instruction on how to fall correctly, a skills course, training on maneuvering in restricted environments and a written exam. For now, the unit will operate during the warmer months of spring and summer. But officers have been outfitted with cold weather gear, and the department eventually hopes to keep the unit operating year round.
Sgt. Pasqueal, the Unit Supervisor, has 20 years of law enforcement experience and has worked at LMPD since 2005. He graduated with a BA in Political Science from St. Joseph’s University and then graduated from St. Joseph’s University. graduated from the Montgomery County Police Academy in 2001. From 2001 to 2004, Sgt. Pasqueal worked for the Springfield Police Department in Montgomery County, where he was a member of the department’s bicycle patrol unit. From 2004-2005, he worked as a United States Postal Inspector in Pittsburgh, before returning to Montgomery County to join the LMPD in August 2005. He was happy to be back. “We have a very supportive community, which we appreciate and appreciate” Sgt. Said Pasqueal. “I really appreciate the diversity of Lower Moreland, as well as the proximity to a big city, but the vibe of a small town.” He also enjoys the family atmosphere within the Lower Moreland Police Department. “It’s like a family; very tight knit ”, Sgt. Pasqueal said of the department. “From the moment I interviewed, I was able to experience an engaging, welcoming and positive vibe. This has continued throughout my career here.
Sgt. Pasqueal worked as an LMPD detective for seven years, from 2008 to 2015, and has been a sergeant since 2019. He is also currently the officer in charge of a five-police patrol platoon. In addition to his experience on the bike patrol unit with the Springfield Police Department, at college Sgt. Pasqueal worked as a bicycle patrol security guard at the King of Prussia Mall. Bicycles have therefore had a constant presence throughout this career.
With an experienced leader at the helm and a supportive community to serve, the LMPD Bike Patrol Unit is excited to hit the road and get to work with a new level of versatility.