Pedalling police take to the streets

Chief Constable Dave Jones with the new team of cycling police officers

Chief Constable Dave Jones with the new team of cycling police officers

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A NEW team of cycling police officers have taken to the streets of North Yorkshire.

The Cycle Response Team began work earlier this month but were officially launched yesterday, and will be used throughout the force area to help with searches for missing or wanted people.

The team, which is based at Clifton Moor Police Station and made up of a sergeant and seven police constables, will also patrol locally to offer high-visibility reassurance to the public, and have stopped and searched 21 people in York and Scarborough so far, resulting in five cannabis warnings and five arrests for suspicion of cycle theft, drugs possession, driving while disqualified, drugs possession and burglary.

Chief Constable Dave Jones said: "I am confident that they will be a real asset. They will give us the capability to respond really quickly and effectively to developing situations and offer a presence and visibility which will be just as reassuring for our communities as it is unnerving for criminals.

"There was some really good feedback from residents and businesses on Sunday when they carried out some reassurance patrols in Scarborough on what was an extremely busy weekend. They will have a key role in building on the good relationships we already have with our communities and have already gathered some good community intelligence."

Follow the team on Twitter @NYPCycleTeam or go to northyorkshire.police.uk/cycleresponseteam

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10:22am Fri 1 Aug 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

What? Even more cyclists in York?
What? Even more cyclists in York? Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 8

10:30am Fri 1 Aug 14

Fat Harry says...

Coppers on bikes! What will they think of next?
Coppers on bikes! What will they think of next? Fat Harry
  • Score: 18

11:20am Fri 1 Aug 14

MouseHouse says...

A mate of mine told me about seeing a copper walking, but I didn't believe him.
A mate of mine told me about seeing a copper walking, but I didn't believe him. MouseHouse
  • Score: 14

11:27am Fri 1 Aug 14

ian923 says...

A cop walking? Must have been in the 60,s!
A cop walking? Must have been in the 60,s! ian923
  • Score: 10

12:16pm Fri 1 Aug 14

smudge2 says...

The Takaways on Fulford Road will have to have bike racks installed.
The Takaways on Fulford Road will have to have bike racks installed. smudge2
  • Score: 13

1:49pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Big Bad Wolf says...

It will never catch on!!!
It will never catch on!!! Big Bad Wolf
  • Score: 7

3:32pm Fri 1 Aug 14

RingoStarr says...

I'll bet I know someone who'll greet this with 'glee and trepidation'
I'll bet I know someone who'll greet this with 'glee and trepidation' RingoStarr
  • Score: 14

3:36pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Magritte says...

RingoStarr wrote:
I'll bet I know someone who'll greet this with 'glee and trepidation'
Can't think WHO you mean...HO! HO!
[quote][p][bold]RingoStarr[/bold] wrote: I'll bet I know someone who'll greet this with 'glee and trepidation'[/p][/quote]Can't think WHO you mean...HO! HO! Magritte
  • Score: 6

4:36pm Fri 1 Aug 14

old_geezer says...

I hope they get the training that enabled one PC to chase and collar a London villain by cycling down flights of stairs at a tube station.
I hope they get the training that enabled one PC to chase and collar a London villain by cycling down flights of stairs at a tube station. old_geezer
  • Score: 9

5:08pm Fri 1 Aug 14

pedalling paul says...

RingoStarr wrote:
I'll bet I know someone who'll greet this with 'glee and trepidation'
I'll greet it with glee. Local criminals will greet it with trepidation, given the arrest rates and response times that are currently met by other police cyclists in York & elsewhere.
[quote][p][bold]RingoStarr[/bold] wrote: I'll bet I know someone who'll greet this with 'glee and trepidation'[/p][/quote]I'll greet it with glee. Local criminals will greet it with trepidation, given the arrest rates and response times that are currently met by other police cyclists in York & elsewhere. pedalling paul
  • Score: -9

5:17pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Martin true Viking says...

Pedalling Paul, criminals like Alexander and Merritt you mean or a bunch of kids having a laugh and being bullied and oppressed by our now hopeless police force. Crime rates are down but its mainly riding bikes without lights and other menial crimes not actual crime....
Pedalling Paul, criminals like Alexander and Merritt you mean or a bunch of kids having a laugh and being bullied and oppressed by our now hopeless police force. Crime rates are down but its mainly riding bikes without lights and other menial crimes not actual crime.... Martin true Viking
  • Score: 3

5:46pm Fri 1 Aug 14

RoseD says...

Pedalling Plod.
Pedalling Plod. RoseD
  • Score: 5

5:52pm Fri 1 Aug 14

FRAZER1405 says...

Let's hope the cyclists riding around York causing havoc in the dark with no lights on now get pulled up and fined as the traffic police aren't interested . I'm sure if I was driving my car with no lights on it would be different . same rules cars and bikes come on nyp !
Let's hope the cyclists riding around York causing havoc in the dark with no lights on now get pulled up and fined as the traffic police aren't interested . I'm sure if I was driving my car with no lights on it would be different . same rules cars and bikes come on nyp ! FRAZER1405
  • Score: 10

5:56pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Meirion M says...

I hope that the peddling officers apprehend those errant cyclists who peddle up Davygate , on a one way street.
Plonkers.
I hope that the peddling officers apprehend those errant cyclists who peddle up Davygate , on a one way street. Plonkers. Meirion M
  • Score: 13

7:29pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Martin true Viking says...

God cycling up a one way street that's almost anarchy compared to war in the Ukraine and Palestine. Put your yellow jackets and hard hats on and be sure that if anyone invaded these shores and was faced with health and safety and noise abatement we would be incapable of defending them but we could make some great rules up about it...
God cycling up a one way street that's almost anarchy compared to war in the Ukraine and Palestine. Put your yellow jackets and hard hats on and be sure that if anyone invaded these shores and was faced with health and safety and noise abatement we would be incapable of defending them but we could make some great rules up about it... Martin true Viking
  • Score: 1

9:15pm Fri 1 Aug 14

gjh says...

FRAZER1405 wrote:
Let's hope the cyclists riding around York causing havoc in the dark with no lights on now get pulled up and fined as the traffic police aren't interested . I'm sure if I was driving my car with no lights on it would be different . same rules cars and bikes come on nyp !
Actually it is not the same rules for cars and bikes when it comes to lighting. The Highway Code states for drivers "use headlights at night, except on a road which has lit street lighting" but for cyclists it states "at night your cycle MUST have white front and red rear lights lit."
[quote][p][bold]FRAZER1405[/bold] wrote: Let's hope the cyclists riding around York causing havoc in the dark with no lights on now get pulled up and fined as the traffic police aren't interested . I'm sure if I was driving my car with no lights on it would be different . same rules cars and bikes come on nyp ![/p][/quote]Actually it is not the same rules for cars and bikes when it comes to lighting. The Highway Code states for drivers "use headlights at night, except on a road which has lit street lighting" but for cyclists it states "at night your cycle MUST have white front and red rear lights lit." gjh
  • Score: 0

10:05pm Fri 1 Aug 14

rafa1961 says...

Dont get me started 3 times last week a cyclist came straight out of a side road straight in front of me never even looked and the best bit is they dont even think they have done anything wrong, im amazed more arent injured or killed
Dont get me started 3 times last week a cyclist came straight out of a side road straight in front of me never even looked and the best bit is they dont even think they have done anything wrong, im amazed more arent injured or killed rafa1961
  • Score: 0

10:23pm Fri 1 Aug 14

york central says...

I'm still waiting on an answer from our much lauded CSI on how fast he runs the hundred.
It seems such a question gets you blocked from asking questions on their FB page. When offered to ask any question.
Hardly friendly community policing
I'm still waiting on an answer from our much lauded CSI on how fast he runs the hundred. It seems such a question gets you blocked from asking questions on their FB page. When offered to ask any question. Hardly friendly community policing york central
  • Score: -1

2:18am Sat 2 Aug 14

Magicman! says...

OK so these police will be in full uniform and on marked bikes.

Well how about plain-clothes officers on normal bikes? firstly they'd be able to creep up on those who cycle through pedestrian areas in the closure hours, they'd also likely see other antisocial crimes going on (as people wouldn't leg it as soon as they saw a hi-vis), and thirdly if the officers/bikes had cameras fitted then they'd also catch first hand how a certain sector of vehicle drivers are outright dangerous in York
OK so these police will be in full uniform and on marked bikes. Well how about plain-clothes officers on normal bikes? firstly they'd be able to creep up on those who cycle through pedestrian areas in the closure hours, they'd also likely see other antisocial crimes going on (as people wouldn't leg it as soon as they saw a hi-vis), and thirdly if the officers/bikes had cameras fitted then they'd also catch first hand how a certain sector of vehicle drivers are outright dangerous in York Magicman!
  • Score: 1

8:36am Sat 2 Aug 14

sniper 9964 says...

Magicman! wrote:
OK so these police will be in full uniform and on marked bikes.

Well how about plain-clothes officers on normal bikes? firstly they'd be able to creep up on those who cycle through pedestrian areas in the closure hours, they'd also likely see other antisocial crimes going on (as people wouldn't leg it as soon as they saw a hi-vis), and thirdly if the officers/bikes had cameras fitted then they'd also catch first hand how a certain sector of vehicle drivers are outright dangerous in York
I think you will find there is.
[quote][p][bold]Magicman![/bold] wrote: OK so these police will be in full uniform and on marked bikes. Well how about plain-clothes officers on normal bikes? firstly they'd be able to creep up on those who cycle through pedestrian areas in the closure hours, they'd also likely see other antisocial crimes going on (as people wouldn't leg it as soon as they saw a hi-vis), and thirdly if the officers/bikes had cameras fitted then they'd also catch first hand how a certain sector of vehicle drivers are outright dangerous in York[/p][/quote]I think you will find there is. sniper 9964
  • Score: -1

8:39am Sat 2 Aug 14

sniper 9964 says...

Nothing new with this story. Police have been using this type if cycle for the last 12 yrs. When first launched the bikes were fitted with blues and twos.
Very much like YAS lifecycle
only now these cycles are not fitted with emergency equipment
Nothing new with this story. Police have been using this type if cycle for the last 12 yrs. When first launched the bikes were fitted with blues and twos. Very much like YAS lifecycle only now these cycles are not fitted with emergency equipment sniper 9964
  • Score: 0

9:31am Sat 2 Aug 14

julia brica says...

They must be vey fit, I mean cycling al the way to Scarborough nicking a few villains and then back again. Good going that is.
They must be vey fit, I mean cycling al the way to Scarborough nicking a few villains and then back again. Good going that is. julia brica
  • Score: 1

10:42am Sat 2 Aug 14

Magritte says...

pedalling paul wrote:
RingoStarr wrote:
I'll bet I know someone who'll greet this with 'glee and trepidation'
I'll greet it with glee. Local criminals will greet it with trepidation, given the arrest rates and response times that are currently met by other police cyclists in York & elsewhere.
Reel him in, Ringo!
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RingoStarr[/bold] wrote: I'll bet I know someone who'll greet this with 'glee and trepidation'[/p][/quote]I'll greet it with glee. Local criminals will greet it with trepidation, given the arrest rates and response times that are currently met by other police cyclists in York & elsewhere.[/p][/quote]Reel him in, Ringo! Magritte
  • Score: 2

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