Prairie Village police to patrol streets on 2 wheels - KCTV5

Prairie Village police to patrol streets on 2 wheels

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The officers will be available to answer any questions or just to chat. (KCTV5) The officers will be available to answer any questions or just to chat. (KCTV5)
PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS (KCTV) -

Prairie Village is using a new approach to make police officers more accessible to the public, and it's as easy as riding a bike.

The city is adding new bicycle officers who residents will see riding around parks, the business district and even their own neighborhoods.

The officers will be available to answer any questions or just to chat.

The goal is always to keep everyone safe. But this would also help to build a stronger relationship between the community and the police.

“The officers will be making contact with people, walking into businesses to make sure everything is ok,” said Eric McCullough, a Traffic Officer with the Prairie Village Police Department.  “They will also have traffic duties, so they are doing two jobs at once.” 

The department says officers will need to complete specific training before hopping on a bike.

“They attended a special class that was offered by the International Police Mountain Bike Association.  It was held in Emporia, KS,” McCullough said. Extensive training. Lots of bike riding, so officers have to be physically fit.”

Once the training is complete the officers will ride through the city on a bike similar to a mountain bike but with some added accessories like a trunk bag.

The cost for the new officers, which includes training, the custom bikes and uniforms, will be about $2,500.

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