The officers rode up and down the stairs outside EnergySolutions Arena, then down a longer flight outside Abravanel Hall, as well as over a gap and up a steep grassy hill at the concert hall, before riding through cones atop the nearby Wells Fargo parking terrace.
"It gives us a list of eligible candidates," Wall said. They take anywhere from two to six officers each year, all of them having spent at least about two years in the department. They also help train the UTA officers.
Once they make the squad, officers receive a department-issued Giant-brand mountain bike the squad also goes into the foothills along with the helmet and uniform.
The squad, made up of four teams of about six people, patrols the city from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m., said department spokeswoman Lara Jones.
Besides that, they are also used in special assignments like crowd control at parades, Wall said. An officer sees a lot from a bicycle that he or she could miss from a patrol car. The officer also becomes more approachable, Wall said.
That openness appeals to Southworth, who is attracted to the community-oriented approach. Doing the same job, but outside, is an exciting prospect, too.
A biker, but not an avid one, Southworth learned a lot of new techniques at the Wednesday exercise.
"It's all been good. It's all been fun," he said.
Last June, Salt Lake City police hosted another training exercise for 10 candidates interested in bike patrol, that time at Sugar House Park. Officers rode their bicycles through an obstacle course, practiced chasing a running suspect and maneuvering with a fellow officer to trap a fleeing suspect.