Kennewick Officers Get Ready To Patrol On Bikes For Water Follies
KENNEWICK, Wash.-- In just a little over a week eight Kennewick police officers will be patrolling on bikes at Columbia Park, for the boat races.
Two deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Department will also be on bikes. Kennewick police say bike patrols are a much easier way to get around the crowds.
They were just out there for 4th of July. Right now they have 15 officers trained on bicycles. They don't take this experience lightly.
It consists of three, eight hour days. Officers learn how to ride down stairs and other safety measures.
"When you're on the bicycle you can kind of see over the crowd, you can actually make your way through the crowd, you know if there's a problem on a particular part of the park," said Sergeant Brian Swartswalter, with the Kennewick Police Department.
Patrols for the rest of the Summer are decided on a daily basis. Police say aside from big Summer events, bike patrols are a good way check up on criminal activity in certain areas.
Officers will most likely have another training session for bike patrols, next Fall or Spring, so that next year they have a larger pool of officers to choose from.