The West Shore RCMP have recently released numbers on its new bicycle patrol unit.
Since its launch on July 3rd of this year, the unit has made over 30 arrests as it patrols the West Shore trail systems and other areas that are inaccessible to traditional police vehicles.
Also, with the assistance of the detachment’s crime analyst, members of the bike unit have been proactively targeting the region’s known prolific offenders.
Among the 30 arrests come a variety of recovered items, like a tent trailer, a dirt bike, 4 vehicles, and of course, 7 bicycles.
“Many of those arrests were effected on the Galloping Goose trail,” said Cpl. Dave Vunic, West Shore RCMP Bike Unit supervisor. “We’re glad to provide an extra presence in those secluded areas and contribute to public safety”.
The unit consists of four full-time members and will patrol year round, increasing police visibility in trails and parks come rain, wind, or shine.