Policing on two wheels offers extra connection to the neighborhood

WRPS use bikes to map out encampment websites and different locations folks collect close to Cambridge path methods

With spring comes the return of police switching gears from automated to foot energy, as they peddle their means via metropolis streets in the course of the hotter months. 

Bike patrol offers officers the flexibility to see and listen to extra of the neighborhood’s points, typically providing an upfront view into issues they wouldn’t usually see from a automobile window. 

Waterloo Area Police Constable Mike D’Aoust has accomplished bike patrol for 20 years, spending 9 of these in Cambridge. He’s additionally the lead teacher for the WRPS bike coaching program. 

“When you’re on a bicycle it’s a lot simpler to work together, you possibly can hear much more that is occurring and individuals are extra assured and comfy speaking to you.

“You see much more that is occurring round since you don’t have the conventional blocking of pillars in a automobile.”

The path networks in Cambridge see extra ingesting alongside them than in Waterloo, says D’Aoust. Mentioning that there’s a bigger homeless inhabitants residing alongside the river to have entry to that water.

“After I was working in Cambridge, my aim was to map out the place campsites had been, if we had been getting a rush from calls in break and enters, a minimum of this manner we knew who was residing in what tent so if we ever obtained movies we might possibly put a face to the title.”

Biking additionally permits WRPS to attach with the homeless inhabitants and join them with assets on the town. 

“Our workforce was investigating about 11 break and enters, we had data from a confidential supply that it might be an individual residing alongside the river so having developed that data we had been capable of go down and get well over 100 items of property this particular person had in there possession.”

They had been capable of return about 70 per cent of these discovered gadgets to their authentic homeowners. 

With out doing all of the bike patrol work prior, they wouldn’t have recognized the place to look or easy methods to entry the suspect, mentioned D’Aoust. 

“The pace of a motorcycle offers me a bonus.”

“If I’m strolling you are most likely going to listen to me however as a result of I’m transferring a lot sooner earlier than somebody can really react it permits me entry to a number of areas.”

D’Aoust is an avid bicycle owner, typically competing in races on the facet, he enjoys having the ability to intertwine biking into his work as an officer within the area. 

“I’m all about biking so I choose being on a motorcycle any day of the week.”

He has seen extra folks take up biking for the reason that pandemic began, noting a necessity for extra bike trails. 

WRPS celebrates bike security month in June, a reminder to riders to remain alert and keep protected.

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