New electric bikes helping police to better engage with communities in Mid Sussex
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L-R: PCSO Stuart Payne and Special Constabe Richard Hepburn
Police are using pedal power to better engage with communities in Mid Sussex, thanks to the introduction of two new electric bikes.
The Carrera Subway E 2.0 hybrid e-bikes, which include police livery, are the first of their kind in the district, and will be added to the existing fleet of bikes across the force.
They have been gifted by Halfords, and will enable officers to patrol the area more efficiently and effectively in months and years to come.
Special Constable Richard Hepburn, of the Mid Sussex Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “These are our first e-bikes in Mid Sussex and we are excited to explore the benefits they bring. Our PCSOs and PCs already make good use of our standard bicycles, however the distances and terrain we cover is obviously limited; the equipment we carry doesn’t help us either.
“With these e-bikes we can now stay out on the bikes for longer, travel greater distances and effectively target areas a patrol car can’t; footpaths, parks, garage blocks and secluded areas in town, as well as areas subjected to antisocial behaviour and drug use.
“We also tend to have far more face-to-face interactions with members of the community when we’re on a bike, as opposed to being in a vehicle, which really helps to increase public engagement – a core principle of community policing.
“E-bikes combine the benefits of being on traditional foot patrol with the mobility required of today’s policing needs, and we’re very grateful to Halfords for this kind gesture.”
E-bikes are regular bikes fitted with an electric motor and battery. The battery supplies power to the electric motor and can be charged from a regular socket.
The electric motor provides power assistance to riders at speeds up to 15.5mph. This eases the amount of effort required – this is especially handy for hills, and for longer distance journeys which might normally need to be taken by another vehicle.
E-bikes are road legal and can be ridden by anyone aged 14 and over.