Fremantle police bicycle patrols gear up

Constables Blair McIntosh, Matt Silvester and Leon Cronshaw. Picture: Jon Hewson           d446603
Constables Blair McIntosh, Matt Silvester and Leon Cronshaw. Picture: Jon Hewson         d446603

FREMANTLE is well known as a |bicycle-friendly area and now local police officers have jumped on to two wheels.

Fremantle Police will gear up their bicycle patrols around the CBD to ensure beat officers remain highly visible and available to the public, thanks to the increased mobility the bikes provide.

Fremantle Police Acting Senior Sergeant Nathan Trenberth said it was about being more effective while on the Fremantle beat.

“Our main focus is in preventing and responding to crime in the CBD and to address anti-social behaviour,” he said. “We’ll be linking in with the CCTV cameras and responding to incidents along with our pro-active patrolling in known trouble spots.

“The bikes will be supported with the vans from the station and from our response teams, calling on the radio for a van to be deployed to their location where the arrested person will be conveyed back for processing.

“It really is about being more effective because it just takes far too long for a beat cop to respond to something happening at Bathers Beach when they are walking around Kings Square; on bikes they can close that distance in a minute.”