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Yakima police restart bike patrol

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Yakima, WASH.--The recent Yakima Citizen Survey revealed that people don't feel very safe downtown, especially after dark. The city is hoping to fix that by bringing back the Downtown Police Bike Patrol Unit for "First Friday."

Yakima police had a bike patrol unit in the late 80's and early 90's but it was shut down after the department faced some funding issues.

Police said downtown was a hot spot for crime back then because of the old rundown bars.

They have since been destroyed, but it appears that people are still not feeling very safe.

Friday night, police will restart a bike patrol program during this month's" First Friday" activities.

Two officers and the city manager will patrol the downtown business area hoping to make people feel more secure and bring back some business.

"We expect to see a pretty significant number of people out and about so that's going to be their primary duty tonight, to be visible," said Captain Rod Light of the Yakima Police Department.

Police said they'll have another bike patrol during the events of November's "First Friday."

After that, they'll re-evaluate the program. Then, depending on the availability of funding and the staffing of officers, it may become a permanent service in the Spring 2013.