By Staffordshire Newsletter | Posted: June 14, 2014
By Alison Thomas
Staffordshire police’s search and rescue team are getting on their bikes to patrol Cannock Chase thanks to a donation of four mountain bike’s from the county’s fire service.
The aim is to help the police to tackle antisocial behaviour by making it easier for officers to travel around the beauty spot.
A more visible police presence will also assist the fire service, as it is hoped it will deter people from deliberately starting grass fires, which traditionally see a rise during the warmer months.
And it will mean quicker and easier access to the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty when police are searching for missing persons.
Cannock Fire Station Manager Neil Pedersen said: "We are keen to work closely with our partners and strongly believe that in doing so we can prevent antisocial behaviour such as deliberate grass fires, educate people and respond to incidents in an ever more efficient and effective way.
"The sharing of resources including the bikes will assist the police in patrolling the vast areas of rural parkland that we have on Cannock Chase and Hednesford Hills as well as making it easier for the search and rescue team to cover ground quickly when members are looking for missing people and time is of the essence."
Partnership Manager for the Cannock Local Policing Team Duncan Rollo added: "We are very grateful to the fire and rescue service for the offer of these bikes. They will further enhance the mobility of officers and PCSOs across the district, improve access onto Cannock Chase and increase their visibility in areas of concern. This offer is further evidence of strong partnership working to make best use of resources."