Starting in mid-September, the Perrysburg Township Police Department will be bringing back a bike patrol unit.
The Perrysburg Township Trustees on Wednesday unanimously approved a purchase order of $2,670.83 to repair an existing mountain bike the department had, and purchase a new one from Spoke Life Cycles in Perrysburg.
"Having the bikes will be a great [public relations tool], and patrol tool," Chief Mark Hetrick said.
New township Deputy Chief Michael Gilmore brought the idea to the table. He said it was a good public relations move because bike patrol officers usually aren't as intimidating to residents and they will come up to talk more.
Deputy Chief Gilmore said he was on a patrol bike from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. as a Toledo police officer for six years and said it was "a fantastic unit."
"It is another resource to get into neighborhoods or businesses," he said. "Sometimes on busy shopping days it is hard to get our cars in and out of there. It allows us to be closer to the public and more interactive."
Mr. Gilmore said they don't have the manpower to use it every day, but it will be used for special occasions like on Halloween when officers will patrol neighborhoods. He said it will vary whether a single bike patrol unit will be out, or both the bikes together.