Police utilise pedal power
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.