Henderson Police Launch Bicycle Unit During National Bike Month
May 29, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE
PLEASE CONTACT KATHLEEN RICHARDS, (702) 267-2051
Henderson, Nev. – Under a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, the city of Henderson has launched an 18-member bicycle unit to better serve the community’s growing population of bicyclists. The unit will serve an educational role in support of Henderson’s recent designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community, in addition to enforcement on trails, at events and in other capacities in the city.
Bike officers will patrol large city events, such as the upcoming Fourth of July Celebration at Mission Hills Park, keeping an eye out for the welfare of spectators and answering questions about bicycle safety. They can also quickly deploy to incidents in high-density residential areas, parks or trails.
There are many advantages to patrolling on a bicycle. People feel more at ease approaching an officer on a bicycle rather than an officer in a vehicle. Bike officers can quickly and quietly maneuver to areas that are hard to reach in a vehicle or on foot. Officers on bicycles have a tendency to stop and talk to residents and business owners during their patrols, in keeping with the concept of community policing.
The Henderson Police Bicycle Unit is comprised of 15 current patrol officers and 3 sergeants. The unit will work in part-time shifts during their regular patrol hours.
The $45,627 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice paid for bicycles, uniforms, helmets and bike racks for patrol cars.
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