Kent Police resume bike patrols May 1
KENT, Wash. – April 15, 2013 - Kent police will have more than feet on the street next month. They’ll have bike tires, too.
Starting May 1, the Kent Police Department will resume its bicycle patrols to enhance law enforcement with a more visible presence on the streets.
According to Police Chief Ken Thomas, the program was put on hiatus last November to make better use of police staffing. “Putting our bicycle patrol on hold during the winter, when there is less demand for their unique style of patrol, allowed us put more cops on the streets where and when they were needed.
“Bike patrols allow officers to personally interact with community members as they patrol neighborhood streets and business areas. Another advantage is they can cover areas that aren’t accessible by patrol cars and have the mobility to approach suspects effectively, or even on some occasions unnoticed,” Thomas said.
Scheduled to patrol seven days a week, the bicycle unit includes four officers and a supervisor. Their focus will be to enforce laws and address quality of life issues including personal and property safety around the downtown transit center and local shopping districts. The team will also have a presence at city parks including Town Square Plaza, Kaibara Park and the downtown gazebo.
“While bicycle officers will have a regular presence in our downtown core, we will also be able to deploy them to other hotspots around the city as needed,” Thomas added.
Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke says the bike patrols have proven to be a successful and valuable resource for the police department and the community. “I’m very happy our police are again providing this valuable service to residents, businesses and visitors,” said Cooke. “It’s just in time for the better weather and increased use of our outdoor spaces”.
Michelle Wilmot, City of Kent, Community and Public Affairs
Assistant Chief Pat Lowery, Kent Police Public Information Officer