TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - The Toledo Police Department is embracing the warmer weather with officers trading in their car keys for bicycles. WTOL was the only station to talk to police about this change.
Mounted on brand new bikes complete with lights and sirens, these officers are part of the community policing bike unit that just started patrolling different neighborhoods throughout the Glass City this week.
“It's fun, plain and simple. It's fun, it's great to be out and about talking to the people,” said Officer Mike Palicki.
He says by getting out from behind the glass of a car they can better tap into the problems citizens are facing.
"We're a lot more approachable. A car, they go by really fast, on a bike we are slower and people can wave us down easier and we are more receptive to talking with them,” said Palicki.
He says it also gives officers an edge.
“Bad guys don't expect you to come riding up on a bicycle out of nowhere,” said Palicki.
He says besides the bike unit, you can expect to see the motorcycle unit in action as well as officers hit the streets for spring and summer patrols.
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