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Pedal Pushers: Savannah Police Department introduces first bike patrol unit

Pedal Pushers: Savannah Police Department introduces first bike patrol unit

The Savannah Police Department introduced its first official bike patrol unit on Thursday. Cpl. Joshua Flynn noted that bicycles will allows officers to be "more…

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The Savannah Police Department introduced its first official bike patrol unit on Thursday.

Cpl. Joshua Flynn noted that bicycles will allows officers to be "more versatile patrolling particular crimes such as package thefts, burglaries." Flynn also said bikes will help with investigations.

"This opens us up and allows us to be able to hear, see and engage with people and exchange information that can help with investigations as well as observe things," said Flynn. "…bikes aren’t as big of a visible piece of equipment as the police car itself, so they provide concealment. It provides a little stealth, if you want to put it that way as well, especially if we deploy at night."

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“We’re excited about this new unit and all the benefits that will come as a result,” Interim Savannah Police Chief Gunther said in a press release. “It will not only be a benefit to the officers but also to the community while we continue our mission to address crime and to build relationships and trust with our citizens in all neighborhoods. This unit will not only assist in addressing crime, but also in enhancing community relations and officer health.”

Cpl. Janessa Stalter echoed those sentiments, saying that bike patrol makes officers more approachable and improved officer health.

When she has policed on bikes or walked around instead of driving, she’s noticed that "people see you and come out and talk to you."Prior to the […]

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