Officers put the brakes on crime in Rotherham

Date published: 29 June 2018 09:41
Dated: 29 June 2018 10:35:45

Officers will be peddling into top gear in a bid to get to the heart of what matters to people in communities across Rotherham.

A team of six officers has successfully passed their cycling training course and will be hoping to use their wheels to gain as much face-to-face time as possible with members of the public.

The training course includes a fitness test and a practical assessment; all to ensure they are able to ride safely and efficiently throughout their duties.

The six new riders will now join four other trained officers to make a team of ten cyclists out in communities speaking to people about issues affecting their neighbourhoods.

Rotherham’s Chief Inspector for Partnerships Paul Ferguson said: “Getting our officers out and about on bikes is all part of our move back to neighbourhood policing.

“Our officers are dedicated to working with communities to get to the root of local problems and to resolve them.

“Rotherham’s geography is quite dispersed and sometimes there are several miles between the villages and communities we serve.

“Cycling allows the officers to get around quickly, while at the same time encouraging conversation between residents and our team.

“That is why we have invested in the bikes, all weather gear and the training so that our officers can be more responsive and more accessible to residents, groups and venues across their patch.”

The course, which is approved by the College of Policing, was delivered by members of Rotherham North Neighbourhood Team; PC Claire Jennings, Police Community Support Officer Teresa Nicolauo and PCSO Steve Inglis.

The officers are pictured outside Rotherham Minster, Dinnington Resource Centre and Montgomery Hall in Wath.

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