Pushbike patrols for police
WARWICK Police are going where country cops have never gone before with the help of two top-line Mongoose mountain bikes.
If you see our constabulary pedalling around town on push bikes, it’s not because they have replaced patrol cars with a manually-powered option.
The bikes will allow our boys and girls in blue to easily patrol areas like the Condamine River Green Belt, parks, schools and the CBD.
Constable Claire Mackie, who has been in Warwick for five weeks, went on a pushbike patrol on Wednesday for the first time and admitted she was a little sore yesterday from the experience.
“We rode for about an hour and a half ... I hadn’t ridden a bike for a good few years,” Const Mackie said.
“It was good fun.”
While they may not have sirens or even a horn, the bicycles feature a carry bag to easily carry such items as breathalysers and ticket books and have flashing lights on the front and rear.
Const Mackie said riding pushbikes was a great way to make police more accessible.
“It is a great way to interact with the community,” she said.
Warwick Police Acting Senior Sergeant officer-in-charge Shane Reid said the station purchased the pushies about two weeks ago and would trial them for the next few months before a review.
He said the pushbikes were the brainchild of officer-in-charge Stewart Day.
Act Snr Sgt Reid said while other areas had dedicated bike squads, he did not see this happening in Warwick.
Officers will not at this stage have a different uniform when riding the pushbikes and will just remain in their standard-issue police blues.
“We will be targeting areas where previously the only access was by foot patrols,” Act Snr Sgt Reid said.
“The bikes are optional for the officers ... we are not in any way replacing the patrol vehicles; the pushbikes are an added mode of transport.”
He said the first-response vehicles would still always be the patrol cars and said the pushbikes would never be used to intercept vehicles.
Act Snr Sgt Reid said at this stage two bikes were enough.
“If it is decided they’re effective and we increase the number of patrols we’ll consider continuing to utilise them in the Warwick CBD.”