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Bike Patrol Unit

 


 


From Left: Officer Charles Young, Officer Tony Dias, Officer William Ciccosanti
 


 

 

 

    In an effort to better serve the community, the West Haven Police Department implemented a Bicycle Patrol program in 1994.  Since it's inception, the bike unit has grown to more than 12 certified bike officers and has become an integral part of the Quality of Life Unit.   

    The Bike Patrol Unit's goal is to provide our residents and visitors to the city with an unsurpassed level of expertise and dedication.  They embrace the idea of community policing by making themselves more approachable and accessible to the citizens of our community.  The Bike Officer's primary responsibility is to facilitate positive police / civilian relations by interfacing with the general public throughout the city on a daily basis.

     In addition to routine daily activities, the Bicycle Patrol staffs as many community events as possible including but not limited to concerts, grand openings, fairs, carnivals, and walk-a-thons.  Bicycle Patrol members also give safety literature and helmets and provide free bike engraving, where an ID # is engraved into a bicycle frame to help facilitate recovery if it ever stolen.

     The Bike Unit also works in conjunction with the Crime Prevention Unit conducting bike rodeos and safety talks throughout the summer months. These rodeos, held for youths between 6 - 13 years of age are a great success in helping kids practice their riding skills, learn bicycle safety, and compete in a friendly environment, while having fun with the police officers.

    In addition to community relations, the West Haven Police Department Bicycle Patrol Unit is committed to reducing quality of life offenses throughout the city and dedicated to keeping the City of West Haven a safe and enjoyable place to live and visit.  Often used in targets where calls for service are high, the unit focuses on offenses such as public intoxication, street level substance abuse, common disruptions of disorderly groups, and parking/noise violations.  The stealth approach of the bicycles has surprised many an unwitting criminal here in West Haven. 

    The community has been very receptive to the Bicycle Patrol Officers and many residents are now requesting additional bicycle patrols in their neighborhoods.  Members of the West Haven Police Bicycle Patrol truly believe in the mutual benefits of community policing and look forward to fostering positive community relations for many years to come.

 

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