SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — The Savannah Police Department (SPD) has added a new bike unit consisting of twenty-five SPD officers.
The new unit will work collectively in areas across the city and can be deployed to specific areas as needed.
“We are excited about this new unit and all the benefits that will come as a result,” said CEO Lenny Guenther in a news release. “This will benefit not only the officers, but the community as well as we continue our mission to fight crime and build relationships and trust with our citizens in all neighborhoods. This unit will not only help in the fight against crime, but also in strengthening relations with the community and the health of the officers.”
Bike patrol is ideal for intense trips or events. With the bike, the officer can quickly get around vehicles or crowds of people and respond quickly to calls. It’s also quieter and less visible than a patrol car, which can be an advantage when monitoring activity in areas that have had problems with crime, such as theft or car break-ins.
“The holidays are coming up and we are already looking at ways to use the Bike Unit to help with holiday crimes such as package theft and to place them in shopping areas across the city to keep shoppers safe,” said the Assistant Director. Devon Adams said.
“Moving forward, we know this device will also be especially useful during festivals, parades and other events that can make navigating a car a challenge,” Adams continued.
Affordability was another key factor in creating the unit.
“We think it will definitely make officers more accessible,” Guenther said. “It will be easier for officers to interact with our residents, both adults and children, and build those influential relationships than if they were driving a police cruiser around the same area.”