Sherborne Police officers have the pedal power thanks to Magna
By Magna_Housing | Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 16:40
Dorset Police officers will be increasing the number of officers on bicycle patrol in communities in the Sherborne area, following funding from a local affordable housing provider.
Pictured: (l to r) John Coombe (Magna Community Rep), PC Pete Moore, Lynne Coombe (Magna Community Rep, Daniel Mcquillan (Tri UK), PCSO Mark Jones and Neil Guppy (NG Signs)
Dorset Police have secured 2 new mountain bikes and support equipment for police officers in the Sherborne patch, allowing them to be out and about on two wheels, thanks to a funding boost from Magna Housing.
PC Pete Moore said, 'Being visible and accessible within our communities is important to us.
"We know that people like to see us out and about on bicycles as it makes it easier for us to talk to people which is not always possible when officers are travelling in motor vehicles.
The bikes have the added advantage of being able access areas quickly that aren't always immediately accessible by cars, whilst also being in easy reach of the community van.'
Magna's community rep, John Coombe, commented, 'We wanted to support this application as it will help provide safer communities, by increasing police accessibility and visibility.
It's a natural progression to support this funding as it helps to strengthen the partnership between Magna and the Dorset Police following the donation of three community police vans in 2012.'
The bikes will be used to cover the Sherborne patch as far as Sandford Orcas, Chetnole, Holwell and Ryme Intrinseca.
A special mention must go to Tri UK in Yeovil who gave a discount on the bikes and NG Signs who branded the bikes.