Protecting the City of Pico Rivera is something that the deputies of the Pico Rivera Sheriff’s Station take very seriously. Sheriff’s personnel are always looking for innovative ways to increase patrols around the City. Last month, the Station added one more patrolling tool to their tool box: Bicycles. Patrol Deputies, Reserve Deputies, and Volunteers were trained by the Sheriff’s Department to take part in the new patrolling efforts.
Within days of the program’s roll-out, two patrolling bicycle deputies made a significant arrest at the Walmart parking lot. A suspect who was a known narcotics user was detained by the bicycle patrolling deputies. Upon further investigation, it turned out the suspect had outstanding warrants for multiple sex crimes. The suspect was arrested and taken into Sheriff’s custody.
The Sheriff’s Department’s Bike Patrol is often used as a resource to patrol areas that are difficult to access, such as bike trails, parks, and riverbeds. The Bike Patrol will also be used for local shopping centers, neighborhoods with specific concerns that may benefit from the Bike Patrol, and city events such as concerts, parades, and celebrations.
The Station’s Bike Patrol is a resource that can be used day or night. According to Captain Hutak, the Station’s Bike patrol has a number of advantages, including the ability for Deputies to engage in closer connection to the community, the ability to bring Sheriff’s Department visibility to local events and increase public safety by patrolling Pico Rivera’s outdoor spaces.