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Saturday, October 07, 2006

Police bike

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Double cuffed. Isn't that clever.

Posted by Marie at October 7, 2006 1:01 PM

Comments

This is not what comes to mind when I hear "police bike". The Springfield Police Department uses these?

Posted by: Rob at October 7, 2006 3:35 PM

Rob, We have a small fleet of cops on bikes. They're not out running down speeders, but they do take care of other crimes. They tried horses a couple times, but that didn't work. Too expensive. And, there was another problem, the nature of which escapes me at the moment.

Posted by: Marie at October 7, 2006 4:17 PM

My daughter once managed a small retail shop. When she called the police after a shoplifting incident, a cadre of police on bicycles responded, tracked down the thieves (in broad daylight), and brought them back to the shop for identification. Of course, they had to be hauled to the police station in a squad car.

Posted by: Marie at October 7, 2006 4:23 PM

Here in David, Chiriquí Panama, you see a lot of the police on bicycles.

Posted by: Don Ray at October 7, 2006 4:31 PM

Don Ray, your weather is just perfect for it, too.

Posted by: Marie at October 7, 2006 4:33 PM

Lots of cops on bikes out here, too, though I've never seen one of their machines cuffed to a signpost (or anything else).

In San Francisco, they have something called Critical Mass. It's an anything-goes, everyone's invited bike ride the last Friday of every month. Haven't seen recent numbers, but sometimes 2,000 people will show up. Here's the thing: You get control of the street, and the S.F.P.D. runs interference for you at big intersections, so you get to go through red lights and everything while all the cross-traffic waits (and fumes; among some drivers, this is a *very* unpopular event). Anyway, one month the ride went up to the top of the city's highest hill, Twin Peaks. Way up there. We had S.F.P.D. bike cops riding with us, as usual. When I was heading down with some friends afterward, we were passed by a group of officers just blasting down the hill. At that moment anyway--no shoplifters to think about--they had the best jobs in the department.

Posted by: Dan at October 9, 2006 2:43 PM

Dan, that was a no parking sign, actually. Great story about the San Francisco bike cops.

Posted by: Marie at October 9, 2006 9:17 PM