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West Windsor Police Department
Tuesday August 20th, 2013 :: 01:43 p.m. EDT

The West Windsor Township Police Department to Begin Bicycle Patrols.

Press Release

The West Windsor Township Police Department to Begin Bicycle Patrols.

Beginning Tuesday, August 6th, the police department will begin patrolling local neighborhoods with police officers on bicycles. The program consists of five police officers who have demonstrated a sincere interest in expanding their involvement with the community by getting out of their normal routine of patrolling in a police car and riding a police bike. The officers have attended the International Police Mountain Bike Association Police Cyclist Course.

The community policing initiative is intended to address resident concerns and provide a greater police presence in areas such as the Princeton Junction Train Station, the Nassau Park and Marketfair shopping center parking lots and high density communities such as Estates of Princeton Junction or Village Grande.

It also allows officers to target specific areas of enforcement or trouble spots that cannot be effectively patrolled with a car such as the bike paths, the canal paths, and the community parks.

Officers will be assigned a patrol vehicle with a rack on it so that they may drive to selected areas, patrol on the bike, and transport it back to headquarters. The bike patrol will be in addition to the officer’s regular duties and responsibilities.

With the support of Knapp’s Bicycle Shop of Lawrence and A-1 Limousine Service of West Windsor, the cost to refurbish five police bikes was minimal.

Mayor Hsueh stated, “This action is consistent with the award that West Windsor received last year as the only recognized Bicycle Friendly Community at a national level in New Jersey. This serves as a reminder to our community to utilize alternative modes of transportation when possible. The bicycle patrol provides more flexibility for police operations and reinforces the proposed actions and goals in the Sustainable West Windsor Plan”.

Chief Joe Pica added “I love the idea that officers are willing to sacrifice the comforts of the climate-controlled police car and get out and interact with our residents. The bicycle patrol leads to a greater relationship with people and it helps us in our endeavor to continue to provide excellent police service.”

The officers involved with the program include, Ptl. Frank Bal, Ptl. Michael Bollentin, Ptl. Kyle Brown, Ptl. Brian Jany and Ptl. Nicholas Barber.

Joseph M. Pica, Jr.
Chief of Police

West Windsor Police Department
20 Municipal Drive
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

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