Hertfordshire Police up its cycling bobbies

PUBLISHED: 06:30 14 August 2012




IT seems Team GB’s golden cycling Olympic heroes have not only inspired a generation, but also Herts Police too.

For this week the force has announced we will be seeing more bobbies out on their bikes.

Operation Cyclone will see approximately 200 extra bikes issued to Hertfordshire’s existing fleet of 120.

Welwyn Hatfield Safer Neighbourhood Inspector Ian Grout said: “Welwyn Hatfield Safer Neighbourhood Officers and PCSOs have been out patrolling on bikes over the last three years, using bikes that have been funded by partners and companies.

“It allows them to cover a far greater area than being on foot – whilst still being very visible and engaging with the community.”

Hatfield Pcso Bill McCaskie is a regular bike rider and back in December successfully caught a shoplifter.

He said: “The man had just stolen a DVD from Asda in Hatfield. I gave chase after he set off the shop alarms but he gave up when he saw he could not outrun me on a push bike.”

The 16-year-old was subsequently given a reprimand for shoplifting.

“I also frequently use my bike on the Alban Way. I can actually get from one side of Hatfield to the other without using any roads so am often a lot quicker to respond to incidents than a police vehicle!”

Hertfordshire’s chief constable Andy Bliss, who is spearheading the operation and is also a keen cyclist himself, said: “Bicycles increase police visibility, are green, inexpensive and helping our officers keep fit is an added bonus.

“But most importantly they allow our officers to stop and talk with members of the public whilst on patrol, something they couldn’t do if they were in a car.”

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