Spin-Off Effect: Mildura Police Patrols Back on Bikes

By Kaitlyn Opie, Oct. 26, 2013, 3:30 a.m, the Sunraysia Daily

AFTER a five-year hiatus, Mildura police are back out on bike patrol.

Acting Sergeant Scott Giles said three police officers, himself included, were adequately trained and equipped for the Mildura central business district and riverside patrols.

Yesterday, Senior Constable Jacqui Smith revealed one of three new bikes and demonstrated her prowess riding a bike while carrying a 10 kilogram police belt. The hefty belt carries handcuffs, capsicum spray, a notebook, pen and torch and other items as required.

Mallee District Aboriginal Services chief executive Rudolph Kirby said his organisation subsidised the cost of the new bikes, worth about $1500 each.

“The bikes were all bought from local businesses,” Mr Kirby said yesterday. “We thought it would be a good opportunity to build good relations between the Koori community and police. “There is also a spin-off effect for the broader community; it’s all about MDAS being a good corporate citizen.”

Mr Kirby said the bike patrols were proactive in promoting a healthy lifestyle and encouraging community engagement with police.

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