IPMBAInternational Police Mountain Bike Association
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The IPMBA certification means that Medics on the Ball's medics has gone through a rigorous training program for public safety cyclists, putting the company at the forefront of public safety.
An industry newspaper reports that three dozen bicycle and accessory companies paid for booth space at the 1998 IPMBA conference to peddle their wares to police departments, in part because, as one sales rep explained, a cycling officer is "advertising you can't pay for." Another noted that officers work eight hours a day "promoting cycling and reaching a broader market." And cycling officers confirmed the industry view: "The public sees us riding Treks and they ask us how we like our bikes.
More than half of police departments surveyed by IPMBA, for example, saw a jump in arrest rates - by an average of 24 percent - when bicycles were introduced into patrol areas.