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11 July 2011 - New Patrol Bikes

 SPECIAL MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT

These new police patrol bicycles will become a valuable tool for the members of the Belleville Police Service. Bike patrol officers will utilize the equipment from early May to early November, weather permitting.

The bicycles essentially offer many of the same advantages of both foot patrol and mobile patrol without any of the accompanying disadvantages. Bike patrol officers are very accessible to the public, and can maneuver into areas that are impassable by patrol car. Officers are able to patrol areas that are not easily accessible with cruisers, while also providing a quicker response time to calls for service than patrolling on foot. For example, bike patrol officers can patrol areas such as Zwicks Park, Meyer's Pier, Riverside East and West, soccer pitches, townhouse complexes as well the entire trail system that extends from Herchimer Avenue to Sidney Street and north from The Bay of Quinte to Hwy 401 ? 13.5 kms of trails through 500+ acres of parkland. Additionally, bike patrol will greatly assist during the many summer festivals, rock concerts, and the like.

In response to concerns raised in each zone and with the assistance of the Crime Analyst, bike patrol officers will pay particular attention to areas in the City that have been identified as having a greater rate of community issues. One of the key duties of the bike patrol officer will be to provide a highly visible officer presence in their zone, and to build relationships with community members.

Through the generous support of local businesses - Peter Smith Chevrolet Oldsmobile, Canadian Tire Belleville, Kelsey's and Montana's and Mark Hanley of Tim Horton's - the cost to get BPS officers back on bikes is completely covered making this program cost neutral.