In the past few years, deserted parks and pathways have been places where many criminal acts have taken place. Several women have been molested by prowlers in parks, elderly people robbed and assaulted. So those that have been slightly reluctant to take a walk in the park and enjoy the great weather will be happy to see police men and women on bikes patrolling Brampton and Mississauga parks, pathways and neighbourhoods. These bike patrols began on May 1 and will continue until mid-October, depending on weather changes in the fall.
Each of the police service’s four divisions has nine constables and one sergeant assigned to bike patrol, for a total of 40 officers throughout Brampton and Mississauga, according to polices spokesperson Const. Mark Fischer.
The officers are assigned to the Neighbourhood Policing Unit (NPU) and spend their winters visiting area schools. Police say the bicycles allow officers to easily access areas such as parks and pathways, where cruisers can’t go.
Bike officers also respond to calls for service, and help in specific situations such as the search for missing people, suspicious individuals and disturbances in parks. Bike patrols are a ubiquitous sight in Toronto and other major cities across North America. It is a great way to build up trust, maintain safety and keep bad actors away. – CINEWS