More police on bikes this summer

By: Darren MacDonald - Sudbury Northern Life  | Feb 13, 2014 - 6:57 PM

Not only are they getting rid of the Crown Victorias, some city police officers will be parking their cruisers for the summer and taking their bikes, instead.

This summer, six more officers will be added to the bike patrol force, bringing the contingent to 17. Deputy Chief Al Lekun said the public has responded well to police on bikes, which brings them closer to the public.

“It's a different way of policing,” Lekun said. “The public has responded really well. They love it.”

More bike cops will mean more of a presence downtown, where they can interact with people and head off problems just by their presence.

Mayor Marianne Matichuk told board members that her office used to get a lot of complaints from residents and business owners about problems downtown, but with more bike patrols, those complaints have largely stopped.

Patrols should begin in May.

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