Argos Cement Company donates bikes to Martinsburg Police Department Bike Patrol

By the Herald-Mail Media, Sep 13, 2017

The Argos Cement Co. has donated four new mountain bikes to the Martinsburg Police Department, the department announced Wednesday.

The bicycles are 21-speed Cannondale “Enforcement 29” models valued at $5,000.

“Some of the old bikes we had been riding were more than 20 years old, but these are state of the art,” said Lt. Scott Funkhouser, commander of the department’s Bike Patrol Unit.

“Our bike officers have already been out on patrol riding the new bikes, and we think they’re great. They’re the best that our unit has ever had and will make a big difference for our officers and community,” Funkhouser said.

Bicycle and foot patrols have become a regular part of community policing in Martinsburg. Fourteen MPD officers are now bike-patrol certified, including two as instructors.

The partnership with Argos Cement has been several years in the making, starting with a meeting between Funkhouser and Argos Human Resource Manager C.D. Linton, Funkhouser said.

“A couple of years ago, I met C.D. Linton at a police unity tour fundraiser,” he said. “C.D. told me how much Argos appreciated MPD’s service to the community and that he and Plant Manager Heinz Knopfel wanted to contribute.

"Last year, the company contributed $1,000 for one new bike, and this year, they’ve donated four more. We have a great partnership that gets better every year,” Funkhouser said.

Plant Manager Heinz Knopfel, who directs the Martinsburg Argos operation, expressed his company’s pride in making the contribution.

“Our community is truly blessed to have such an outstanding police department," he said.

“We hope that our donations for five patrol bikes have increased the resources of the department in order to enhance service to the community,” Knopfel said.

“We deeply appreciate the support and generous donation from Argos Cement for the officers of our Bike Patrol Unit," Chief Maury Richards said. "I would like to extend our thanks and recognition to Heinz Knopfel, C.D. Linton, and the entire Argos team."

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