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The return of warm weather has the Clarksburg Police Department sending out special patrols on foot and bicycles to advance its community policing efforts.
Bike patrol, implemented in 2016, will feature two dedicated officers- Officer Nathan Paugh and Officer Justin Moore- riding throughout the various neighborhoods, Glen Elk and downtown.
The Clarksburg Police Department also operates foot patrol in the form of a beat officer throughout the Central Business District. Officer Zach Lantz patrols the downtown and Glen Elk area throughout the day, five days a week. Foot patrol provides for direct contact and utilizes the close relationship with community members within the assigned areas to strengthen police effectiveness and encourage cooperative efforts to make a safer community.
Police Chief Robbie Hilliard looks forward to increasing our police presence within the community. Chief stated, “Bicycle patrols have proven to be an effective crime prevention tool. This, along with our North View Police Substation, places us out within the community allowing for the ability to respond quickly to incidents and remain approachable.”
Police bicycle and foot patrol has many benefits and advantages to the community and the Police Department alike: namely an increase in visibility and an increase in human contact with the community. An officer on a bicycle or foot is more approachable than in a car and aids in building new contacts and trust with the citizens. This allows officers to be proactive in fighting crime rather than reactive.
The bikes and foot patrol will not only be utilized during regular shifts but also during special events such as festivals, fairs and other public activities.
Both bike and foot patrol officers are fully equipped and will be used for patrol purposes year-round, weather permitting.
For more information on the Clarksburg Police Department visit: http://www.cityofclarksburgwv.com/178/Police