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Police Bicycle Patrols Debut at Trick-or-Treat on Main Street Event

St. Charles Police Department started using a police officer on a bicycle on Main Street Wednesday afternoon. Bicycle police are part of the city's effort to address crime in downtown St. Charles.

While on duty Wednesday, St. Charles Police Officer Pete Sansone pedaled down Main Street past a trick-or-treating Darth Vader, a lady bug and a lion. 

St. Charles Police Department on Wednesday debuted a new initiative to use police officers on bicycle patrol in the historic downtown area. 

Bike patrols are one of several suggestions a security taskforce recommended the city implement in response to crime in historic St. Charles.

Interim Police Chief Larry Stulce said he was initially unsure when the program would begin because officers had to receive advanced training. However, an opportunity opened up and two officers are now trained to do bicycle patrols. 

Stulce said he expects to use the bike patrols regularly in historic Main Street area. The city also has two mounted police officers who are used in the entertainment district for crowd control. 

Stulce said the trick-or-treat on Main Street event was a great opportunity to try the bike patrol out for the first time. 

Hundreds of trick-or-treaters collected candy from business owners on Main Street Wednesday afternoon. 

Joe Strehl November 01, 2012 at 03:56 PM
This is a great idea! I hope that more officers will be trained for bike patrols.
Bob November 01, 2012 at 08:32 PM
This not a new concept at all. They were used several years ago, with limited success for the dedicated use of the bicycle patrol. Let them start issuing some parking tickets, along with other ordinace violations and watch the shop owners start to scream.

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