Bobbies in the south are feeling the power of the pedal and cycling on patrol thanks to sponsorship from Shoprite.
The store bought one bicycle and lights for two others already owned by the police, which will be used in patrols of Castletown, Port Erin, Port St Mary and the surrounding areas.
The scheme has already been launched, with Shoprite’s support, and is operating successfully in the police’s western region of the island.
Andrew Thomas, Shoprite chief executive, contacted police inspector Darrill Pearson saying they would like to donate money to the team with a view to replicating the bike scheme in the west.
Last year, bobbies in the south had long-term use of two bikes from Port Erin business The Bike Hut. With the Shoprite donation they bought one of those and new lights for two bikes they already owned, giving them a fleet of three.
Inspector Darrill Pearson of the southern neighbourhood police team said: ‘Shoprite’s support has enabled us to upgrade our existing equipment to ensure that we are able to provide a local service. The cycles increase the accessibility of my team, allowing them to engage more freely with the community so they can better understand and respond to their needs, whilst affording the officers the opportunity to patrol their beats effectively.
‘My team are keen to get out in the southern region on the cycles, which will be liveried so they are identifiable and used across the entire neighbourhood. Officers will transport the cycles to villages and other remote areas in vans, which they will park up and then patrol on the cycles.’
Andrew Thomas, Shoprite chief executive said: ‘This is a great community initiative and one that Shoprite is proud to support both from an environmental as well as a social point of view.
‘We have close links with the south of the island with our stores in Port Erin and Castletown and everyone in the local area will benefit from this excellent scheme.’