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.