POLICE officers have stepped up a gear in their bid to catch criminals after getting their bikes serviced by a council team.
And after the check-up by Hartlepool Borough Council’s Cycle Clinic, the force are urging bike owners to get theirs checked and security marked.
The Hartlepool Neighbourhood Police Officers visited Summerhill Visitor Centre, where the clinic is based, to get advice from Adam Reah and his assistant Marc Donnelly on the best ways to ride and maintain their vehicles, which they use as part of their ward patrols.
Sergeant Mark Haworth, of Hartlepool Police, said: “The Cycle Clinic has been a fantastic source of advice and support for neighbourhood officers.
“This mode of transport is efficient, economical and cost effective and is popular with both officers and local residents.
“Pedal cycles help us to get into parts of the community that we couldn’t in a patrol car.
“I would urge residents to consider having their bikes maintained and security marked, particularly at this time of year, and I would like to reiterate the message that bikes should be locked up when not in use.
Mr Reah, the council’s outdoor activities co-ordinator, added: “Being asked to service and maintain the police bikes is a real pleasure for us all at the Cycle Clinic at Summerhill, and we are pleased that our partnership with the police is benefiting communities across Hartlepool.”
The Cycle Clinic is also open to the general public and people can book their bikes in for a service or repair by calling (01429) 284584.
Anyone wanting to security mark their bike for free should contact their local neighbourhood officer on the non-emergency number 101.