Po­lice utilise pedal power

Rodney Times - - OUT & ABOUT - JAY BOREHAM

Po­lice are us­ing pedal power to sur­prise crim­i­nals and con­nect with the com­mu­nity.

Orewa Po­lice have had bikes for a num­ber of years and have used them on and off for pa­trolling and events, but have taken to us­ing them more often, Se­nior Sergeant Jason Ho­man says.

‘‘We want to get our of­fi­cers in where we can’t get ve­hi­cles and bikes al­low us to cover more ground.

‘‘Orewa has a lot of walk­ways and cy­cle ways. It’s just an­other way we are get­ting out and be­ing vis­i­ble to our com­mu­nity to make peo­ple feel safe and be safe,’’ Ho­man says.

The bikes are also an­other re­ally good tool po­lice can use if they have par­tic­u­lar crime pat­terns.

‘‘We can take them to any area and get around with­out mak­ing noise and catch of­fend­ers in the act.

‘‘They don’t hear us coming like in ve­hi­cles in the early hours of the morn­ing,’’ Ho­man says.

Po­lice have had a pos­i­tive re­sponse from the com­mu­nity see­ing of­fi­cers about on the bikes and talk­ing to peo­ple in places they gen­er­ally wouldn’t ex­pect to see them.

While the bikes are be­ing used in gen­eral pa­trols, al­low­ing com­mu­nity con­sta­bles to con­nect with the com­mu­nity and pre­ven­tion of­fi­cers to de­ter crim­i­nals, they are not re­plac­ing pa­trol cars, Ho­man says.


The bikes al­low of­fi­cers to get out and meet with the com­mu­nity or de­ploy stealth tac­tics to sneak up on of­fend­ers.

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