"Potentially, the bikes will improve response times.”
Pedal powered PCSO’s have taken delivery of new wheels to help them catch hard to reach criminals in the Huddersfield area.
Officers from the Huddersfield Neighbourhood Policing Team have been given two new electric bicycles for patrolling in the Almondbury, Newsome and Lindley Wards thanks to funding from Newsome Ward Kirklees councillors.
The environmentally friendly bikes will complement well-worn models currently in use and will particularly help officers mount patrols in hilly and hard to reach areas.
These include ginnels and tracks, which can be favoured spots for anti-social off road riders but are hard to patrol by car.
It is expected the new bikes will clock up an average 30 miles a day when in use by officers, and will be mainly for anti social behaviour patrols.
Insp Graham Dyson (Huddersfield NPT) said, “These two new electric bikes are an excellent resource for my officers, enabling them to cover a vast amount of distance and patrol a variety of areas to target ASB and crime hotspots.
“Officers can get in and around a lot of inaccessible areas included alleys and wooded areas where patrol vehicles cannot access and it is impractical to patrol on foot.
“We have regular incidents of crime and ASB where officers on electric bikes can get there quickly and track offenders around the area.
“This can include ASB caused by off-road motorcycles, and although officers can’t pursue they can regularly get close to offenders and subsequently identify the suspects from their Body Worn video.
“I would like to thank the ward councillors for funding the bikes which I know will be a fantastic resource for reducing crime and ASB."
Cllr Cahal Burke said: “We are delighted to be able to provide financial support to the police to help them carry out their duties in the community.
"The electric bikes will add real value. They will allow police officers to be able to cover longer distances in a shorter amount of time than a conventional bike.
"They will also offer increased mobility and it will be easier for officers to traverse certain areas than motor vehicles– for instance, it will allow them to easily access alleyways and ginnels. Potentially, the bikes will improve response times.”