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Covington Police Department bringing back bicycle patrol

Posted: Friday, January 26, 2018 | Views: 742

Covington Police Department bringing back bicycle patrol
From Police Chief Tim Lentz

I am proud to announce the return of bicycle patrol to the streets of Covington. Years ago, the Covington Police Department operated a bike patrol unit. After it was dismantled, the bikes were placed in storage. Well, they have been dusted off and thanks to Patrick Brooks of Brooks Bicycle Shop in Covington, placed back into service.
Last week, Det. Mark Dugas, Det. Edwin Masters along with Officer Chase Sharp and Officer Mike Liberto began a law enforcement training program on the bikes. Kenner Police Dept. loaned us their certified trainer, Officer Scott Verdun. After a couple of day break because of the artic weather last week, the officers resumed their training this week. Officer Verdun taught our officers a variety of different skills on the bikes such as slow maneuver techniques for large crowds, quick dismounts and how to maneuver down stairs (not up…. My lame attempt at being funny).

A bike patrol program is a great way to increase the ability for an officer to interact with the public. Officers on bikes are more approachable and it allows them to build one on one contacts with the public.
Look for the bikes at fairs and festivals in town along with patrolling our business district.

I would like to thank my friend Chief Michael Glaser with the Kenner Police Dept. for loaning Officer Verdun to us.