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Downtown Americus safer with police bike patrol

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

Officers in Americus have a new way to protect the city.

Since mid-June, six Americus police officers have been patrolling downtown on bikes each Friday and Saturday.

This is all a part of a wellness program that started 5-years ago to get employees in better shape.

It also adds security to the downtown area.

"The community seems to be excited about it and we're looking to expand it if we can," said Lauralee Bernstein, Chief Administrative Officer.

"I think some of the advantages are we got personal contact with the citizens downtown. It's a better response time if there is a situation we need to handle, we can get their a lot quicker than patrol units," said Sgt. Eddie Davis, Americus Police.

The police bike patrol is voluntary for the officers. They patrol downtown Americus in pairs from 11 p.m. till 3 a.m. 

 

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