– BICYCLE PATROL –
One aspect of Community Oriented Policing is taking officers beyond the patrol cars where they can interact with the public and get to know their community better.
Officers will be assigned to work special events, such as Somernites Cruise and SomerBlast, where regular patrol vehicles are not practical. The bicycle-mounted officer can negotiate through crowds to respond to assistance calls quicker than an officer on foot, and safer than an officer in a patrol car.
Bicycle officers will be deployed in areas prone to criminal activity, or where patterns of criminal activity have been identified. The bicycles give officers the benefit of stealth response, allowing them to get closer to prevent and detect crimes as they occur.