Overland Park police increasing bike patrols - KCTV5

Overland Park police increasing bike patrols

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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

As temperatures heat up, police deal with different type of issues. As a result, the Overland Park Police Department is increasing its bike patrols.

The patrols will be out of the Antioch patrol station and focusing on neighborhoods in northern Overland Park. The bike patrols will target areas where police receive many calls for service.

Officers Dana Harrison and Matt Buelt serve at schools during the school year. When school is out, they will ride their bikes in their neighborhoods.

"You get out in the community and talk to people and get out in front of these problems and then we don't have some of the issues coming through the 911 center," Harrison said. "These bikes help develop relationships with children so they grow up with a different perspective of police."

Parents like Michael Adams welcome the additional patrols, saying it will deter crime and get help to those who need it.

There will typically be three bike patrols during the day and three at night.

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