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Sulphur police to increase bicycle patrols

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Posted: Apr 16, 2012 7:26 AM
Source: Associated Press

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SULPHUR - Sulphur police are hoping to use their two bicycle patrols to get to places and scenes that cars can't.

Police Chief Lewis Coats told the city council last week he wants to expand the patrols to six or eight officers.

He said the bike patrols can be used as a public relations tool, as well as to control traffic. In particular, he said, the bikes can be used to control speeding in residential areas.

Sgt. Mark Wood, one of Sulphur's two bike patrol officers, says bike patrol officers also do nighttime business checks and respond to calls such as those for burglaries in progress.

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