Pedal power to push police to put brakes on crime in Sunderland

Picture: Left to right: Rob Curtiss- Halfords sales advisor; Sgt 1899 Phil Baker; PC 610 Mick Curtiss; Councillor Ian Galbraith; Councillor Peter Gibson; PCSO 6565 Glenn Devlin.
Picture: Left to right: Rob Curtiss- Halfords sales advisor; Sgt 1899 Phil Baker; PC 610 Mick Curtiss; Councillor Ian Galbraith; Councillor Peter Gibson; PCSO 6565 Glenn Devlin.

Police in Sunderland will be using pedal power to help put the breaks on crime in the west area of Sunderland.

Patrols will still be carried out by car and foot, but officers will now also be able to carry out bike patrols.

This means that they can work to make the area safer.

Sunderland West Neighbourhood Policing’s Neighbourhood Sergeant Phil Baker said: “These bikes will mean we can enhance our patrols even more providing a mix of patrols on foot, in cars and now on bikes.

“Being on bikes means officers can respond to incidents quickly – quicker than if they were on foot and also get to areas that might be more difficult in a car.

“Having the ability to carry out the mix of patrols will undoubtedly benefit the area and give officers the chance to reassure and talk with the community while on patrol as well as respond quickly if necessary.”

Councillor Peter Gibson, Chair of Sunderland City Council’s West Area Committee that provided the funding for six new bikes, said: “These neighbourhood patrol bikes will provide a reassuring presence for people across the community.

“The Area Committee is committed to creating as safe, clean and healthy an environment as we can to live in, and being able to fund projects like this helps us work with partners to achieve that.”

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