Police take to electric bikes to help tackle crime in Nottinghamshire – West Bridgford Wire
New electric bikes are helping police tackle crime and protect communities as well as protecting the environment at the same time.
Nottinghamshire Police officers serving the Broxtowe borough have been quick to put the two new bikes through their paces while out on patrol on the streets of Eastwood.
The neighbourhood officers at Eastwood already utilise normal bikes as part of their daily patrols but the addition of the new e-bikes will expand their patrol range, reduce fatigue and make for faster response times.
Neighbourhood Inspector Mike Ebbins said: “These new bikes are a great asset and will allow our officers to stay out for longer and travel greater distances.
“The bikes naturally allow us to target some areas more effectively than a patrol car, particularly harder to reach areas known for antisocial behaviour, and their silent stealth approach will certainly benefit tackling crime hotspots.
“They can get us to places much faster than it would take the average officer on foot, or with a normal bike, and our officers will also have greater visibility and interactions with our community when out on two wheels.
“It’s also fantastic to be able to reduce our carbon footprint by using the bikes, so that we can protect the environment while we’re protecting the community.”
The bikes are equipped with an electric motor which offers officers assistance up to 15mph. Anything more than that, and the officers will be relying on their own pedal power.
The bikes can enable officers to patrol alleys and narrow thoroughfares that are difficult to police by car and also help officers cover hilly terrain and dirt tracks frequented by nuisance quad bike and scooter riders.
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