Officers from Stortford and Sawbridgeworth safer neighbourhood teams get on their (e)bikes to crack crime
Neighbourhood police officers are clocking up the miles on their new electric bikes after 18 of the machines were delivered to teams across Hertfordshire.
Officers from the Bishop's Stortford and Sawbridgeworth Safer Neighbourhood Team have been patrolling their areas on the bikes which allow then to cover more ground.
And in Hertford PCSO Graham Warner found a vulnerable missing person in his area. Multiple police resources were deployed in the search, but knowing the local area well, he was able to use his bike to easily navigate local tow paths, cover extensive ground and locate the missing person.
The electric bikes were trialled in Hertsmere and Dacorum after Hertsmere Sgt Iain Brunt highlighted a need.
Superintendent Ken Townsend said: “Our Safer Neighbourhood Team officers traditionally carry out patrols on foot and on a pedal bike, or in a vehicle if they need to access areas far from their station. The trials in Hertsmere and Dacorum have been a resounding success with positive feedback from both the Safer Neighbourhood Team and the public.
“Electric bikes enable our officers to cover more ground and spend more time on their beat actively patrolling and engaging with the community."
“The feedback from officers is that people, particularly young people, are really interested in stopping them to find out more about the bikes, which increases engagement, breaks down barriers and is a great starting point to talk about other issues they might want to raise.
“The bikes are also eco-friendly and cost effective compared to cars, and they enable officers to be more approachable when out and about.”
The bikes have been registered with Bike Register, something that the constabulary actively encourages all bike owners to do. That way, if your bike is ever stolen and found by police, they can trace the owner. More tips on how to keep your bike secure can be found on the Herts police website https://www.herts.police.uk.