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Posted on: February 3, 2018

Bike Club Donates Electric-Assist Patrol Bike, Seeks Donations

The Heartland Bike Club has agreed to raise money for the SPPD to purchase a Trek Police Electric Edition patrol bike, a specially-built mountain bike with a small electric motor to allow the bike to go faster with less effort by the Police Officer.

Photo of Trek Electric Police Bike

In 1990, the Stevens Point Police Department (SPPD) embarked on a new community policing program - bicycle patrols. The idea was to create a higher
presence of officers in hard-to-patrol places like parks, downtown streets, trails (like the Green Circle Trail), and during community events like Riverfront Rendezvous. A police officer on a bike seemed a good solution.

"Little did those who first started the project realize how successful and long lasting the program would become," says Corporal Ted Wanta, who is in charge of the bike patrol program. And little could they have imagined just what improvements technology would bring to the regular pedal mountain bike used
for patrolling.

The Stevens Point Police and Fire Commission has approved the purchase and commissioning of a new Trek Police Electric Edition patrol bike to add to the three regular pedal bikes already in use by the SPPD. The electric-assist patrol bike, being purchased through The Trek Store-Stevens Point, is a specially-built
mountain bike containing a small electric motor to allow the bike to obtain higher speeds with less pedaling effort by the officer. 

"I don’t have a budget for the program," Wanta notes. "We just buy what we can with any money left over from the department’s budget, or money raised through donations." So approval by the PFC for the purchase was contingent upon the availability of outside funding.

The Heartland Bike Club (HBC) has volunteered to raise the money needed
to purchase the equipment. "We are really excited to be able to have this new high-tech bike for our patrol officers to use," Wanta says. "It will be a great addition and make community policing that much better."

The cost of the fully equipped Trek Police Electric is about $3,000. The Heartland Bike Club has agreed to pay for some of the purchase from their own funds, and they are asking for donations from the community to pay the rest of the cost of the bike. You can make a donation, and get more information, on their website.

Visit the Bike Club Website to Donate
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