Char­ity day puts po­lice on bikes

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Hor­sham po­lice are bet­ter equipped to re­spond to crime and in­ter­act with the com­mu­nity fol­low­ing the do­na­tion of two bi­cy­cles.

Hor­sham’s com­bined emer­gency ser­vices com­mit­tee do­nated the bikes af­ter rais­ing $6000 at a char­ity golf day.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Paul Mar­getts said the moun­tain bikes would en­hance of­fi­cers’ pa­trol ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

“This is a fan­tas­tic piece of new kit for the Hor­sham po­lice,” he said. “It will al­low us a lot more ver­sa­til­ity com­pared with a mo­tor ve­hi­cle, in terms of ac­cess, but it’s also a highly vis­i­ble form of po­lice pres­ence in terms of our pa­trol ac­tiv­i­ties.

“It will be par­tic­u­larly use­ful around shop­ping cen­tres and com­mu­nity events, whether it’s sport­ing events or ma­jor com­mu­nity mass gath­er­ings.

“We’ll pro­vide train­ing to mem­bers so we’ve got a team of peo­ple avail­able who will be able to use the new bikes.”

Se­nior Sergeant Bren­dan Broad­bent said po­lice iden­ti­fied the project af­ter dis­cussing sev­eral op­tions for the money.

“Part of our brief around the money do­nated was that it was to go to­wards ser­vic­ing the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“While we’ve had two po­lice bikes we’ve been us­ing since about 2002, they had be­come old and the up­keep was costly.

“We looked at sev­eral ar­eas but we thought be­cause of some of the events we have in Hor­sham, such as the fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion and the field days, that the bikes were a re­ally good fit to pro­vide ad­di­tional ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.”

Snr Sgt Broad­bent said along with ben­e­fit­ing po­lice, the bikes would pro­vide the com­mu­nity with good ac­cess to mem­bers.

“Some­times when in a ve­hi­cle it’s quite dif­fi­cult for the pub­lic to ac­cess po­lice,” he said.

“Some ar­eas are too large for po­lice to cover on foot, so this is a re­ally good polic­ing tool – it fills in the gap be­tween the foot and the car.”

Snr Sgt Broad­bent said mem­bers would also com­plete bike pa­trols at events out­side Hor­sham, in­clud­ing Stawell’s Easter gift.

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