By Chris Gadd, USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee, Jan. 31, 2018 |
The Dickson Bicycle Patrol is a new, two-person unit: Cpl. Dustin Hargrove and Cpl. Levi Davis. Chris Gadd/The Herald
A Dickson Police bike trailer was recently approved by the city council for purchase to carry the department’s two new patrol bicycles and teach local children about bike safety, according to Sgt. David Cole.
The Homesteader trailer and the two Volcanic Bikes were purchased using two separate grants.
The council, last week at its Finance and Management meeting, approved the $2,395 bid of Dickson business Bobby's Car Care for the enclosed Patriot trailer, which is manufactured in New Tazewell in East Tennessee.
The trailer grant was provided by The Community Foundation of Dickson County. The bikes, handmade by a Washington state-based company that focuses on police patrol, were purchased with a grant from VF Jeanswear. The bicycles, all related equipment, and cones for a child bike course will be carried and stored in the trailer, Cole said.
The trailer is just over 8 feet tall, 14 feet long and just over 7 feet wide. Interior height is 6 feet and interior length is nearly 12 feet.
“We appreciate (The Community Foundation and VF Jeanswear) for assisting with this great program,” Cole said. “We are planning on growing this program so stay tuned for more.”
Currently, the Dickson Police patrol cyclists are Cpl. Dustin Hargrove and Cpl. Levi Davis. Both Hargrove and Davis are certified through the International Police Mountain Bike Association.
“You get out and about. Police are a lot more approachable than a guy in his car with the window rolled up,” Davis said.
Cole said they will patrol “really anywhere we need them but mainly around Main Street and immediate surrounding areas.” The two-wheeled patrol team will also improve police coverage during parades and other events where “there are large amounts of people,” Cole said.