LOCAL NEWS X101, May 22, 2018
Photo: Officers Matt Compton and Jenny Valentin of the Homer Police Department Bike Patrol
The Homer Police Bike Patrol is back for a second straight summer.
The patrol was revived in 2017 after a few years’ hiatus with the help of support from Cortland Area Communities That Care, in its ongoing effort to reduce the use of illegal drugs among those as young as age 12.
CACTC is also back as a partner for 2018, says Director Matt Whitman, “So this is part of our larger strategy just to get law enforcement out there and be visible in the community.”
Homer Police Officer and Bike Patrol member Jenny Valentin is ready to ride for another summer.
Valentin remembers one day when she spent time at the village basketball court. “The kids were like…there’s a cop playing with us? (laughs) It was good interacting with the community,” said Valentin. “That’s what I like.”
Homer Police Chief Robert Pitman was behind the revival of the bike patrol last year, and is pleased it has returned.
“We really appreciate the support that the CACTC has provided us,” said Pitman. “I know the people in the Homer community they really love the bike patrol. It’s a great way for the people to get to know the officers. They’re approachable on the bike and I truly believe it’s deterred some drug-related crimes around the village.”
Officers will be on two wheel patrols weekends and at special events through early fall.