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The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the launch of its Bike Patrol program. Five deputies, riding Trek brand mountain bikes, have begun patrolling McKinleyville. Because the deputies are out of their cars, bike patrols allow for more interaction with the citizens. “Now we’re more able to stop and talk. The community response has been fantastic,” said Deputy Greg Bickel. Additionally, the bicycles allow the deputies to go places they cannot go in cars such as trails and fields. For example, the Hammond Trail is now accessible to deputies for patrol.
The Sheriff’s Office is seeking a grant that will allow for the purchase of additional bicycles. A Sheriff’s Deputy - on behalf of his late mother’s estate – purchased and donated the two bikes the Sheriff’s Office is using now. The bicycles are equipped with lights and sirens and Sheriff’s Office graphics. They also carry first aid kits and a citation books.
“This alternative form of patrol by our deputies helps bring us closer to the community. It’s already proven to be a valuable tool in the suppression of crime. I’m really excited about it,” said Sheriff Gary Philp.