Mayor Brown Announces Summer Police Foot and Bicycle Patrols

May 24, 2013 Updated Nov 24, 2013 at 8:29 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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Mayor Brown Announces Summer Police Foot and Bicycle Patrols

May 24, 2013 Updated Nov 24, 2013 at 8:29 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW Release) — Mayor Byron Brown announced Thursday that the Buffalo Police Department will resume its annual police foot and bicycle patrols in each of the Department's five districts this summer, providing comprehensive patrol coverage.

"Foot and Bike Patrol Units benefit the community by providing a visible presence in commercial districts, residential neighborhoods and in parks and playgrounds,” said Mayor Brown. “By putting dedicated police patrols on the street and updating our bicycle patrols, we continue to further strengthen our highly effective zero tolerance anti-crime policy that has resulted in a nearly 20% drop in overall crime since 2006.”

The foot and bicycle patrols will focus on the city's commercial districts, adjoining residential neighborhoods and parks. Currently, BPD detail cars in every District are mandated to perform "park and walk" patrols on every shift. The foot and bike patrols will complement these ongoing activities.

The coordinated bike and foot patrol details will enhance efforts to make police officers more visible throughout the city. These patrols will be conducted in predetermined areas of every Police District and will occur during each District's day and afternoon shifts.