Monday, April 21, 2014

Cecil County police bike patrols begin this week

Featured in the Cecil Whig

Cecil County [Maryland] residents are familiar with seeing police officers in their patrol cars or perhaps on foot patrol.

Starting this week, however, several agencies are adding bicycles to their equipment in the name of community policing.

Last summer, select members of the Maryland State Police, Perryville and Elkton Police departments trained under 1st Sgt. Chris Davala from the state police Special Operations Division. Now the equipment is in place and patrols will begin, according to Lt. James Russell, commander of the North East barrack.

“We’ll be using the bikes in some of our high crime areas,” said Russell, who was promoted and assumed command of the barrack on April 16.

Russell said the bikes will allow law enforcement to not only be more approachable to the general public, but also to go places a motor vehicle cannot.

John Peters, director of construction and facility maintenance for The Cordish Company, which owns the North East Plaza, looks forward to that aspect.  [Full story ...]

Above: Wilmington's Finest on patrol during the 2010 Wilmington Grand Prix

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