12:00pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in The Dorset Echo
POLICE officers will be hitting the streets on more bicycle patrols on two new mountain bikes.
The increase in the number of officers on cycles in communities in the Sherborne area is thanks to funding from a local affordable housing provider.
The new machines and support equipment has come from the funding boost from Magna Housing.
PC Pete Moore said: “Being visible and accessible within our communities is important to us.
“We know that people like to see us out and about on bicycles as it makes it easier for us to talk to people which is not always possible when officers are travelling in motor vehicles.
“The bikes have the added advantage of being able access areas quickly that aren’t always immediately accessible by cars, whilst also being in easy reach of the community van.”
Magna’s community rep, John Coombe added: “We wanted to support this application as it will help provide safer communities.
“It’s a natural progression to support this funding as it helps to strengthen the partnership between Magna and the Dorset Police following the donation of three community police vans in 2012.”
The bikes will be used to cover the Sherborne patch as far as Sandford Orcas, Chetnole, Holwell and Ryme Intrinseca.
Tri UK in Yeovil gave a discount on the bikes and NG Signs branded them.