MPD officer chooses bike over squad car during cold snap

CREATED Jan. 27, 2014 - UPDATED: Jan. 27, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - A Milwaukee police officer had the choice of patrolling in his squad car on his bicycle Monday, and he chose the bike!

Officer Robert Waldoch chose to ride today because he didn’t think the weather was that bad.

He’ll bike about 15 to 20 miles today. He’s patrolling the UWM area and checking in on business owners and their customers.

“Right now the weather hasn’t been as bad as everybody thought, at least I think so,” shares Officer Waldoch. “It’s a way for me to go out and connect with people.”

It’s also easier to sneak up on bad guys in a bike, than in a car. His bike has snow tires and of course, the signature red and blue flashing lights.  

As for what he wears, the shirts and pants are different for bike patrol. They’re a little more wind and water resistant.

We asked when it’d be too cold for him to bike.

“I’m thinking tomorrow. Given the forecast, tomorrow’s going to be a little cold,” expresses Waldoch.

He says if the wind chill’s under negative 20, it’s too cold for him. With all this snow and ice, he admits he’s had quite a few slips and falls.

“Biking in the snow is rough. Even with the snow tires that are studded, you’re still slipping and sliding around,” shares Waldoch.

On a nice, normal day, Officer Waldoch will bike 30 miles. Tuesday, he plans on getting out of the snow and patrolling from his squad car.