Fort Wayne Police are Cruising the Streets - on Bike Patrol (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw - NBC33

September 18, 2013 Updated Sep 19, 2013 at 10:44 AM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (NBC33) – Local residents and visitors may begin noticing police patrols of a different kind in downtown.

Police Chief Rusty York and Mayor Tom Henry announced today the Fort Wayne Police Department will be introducing new forms of transportation for two of its officers.

Depending on the day and time of year, two dedicated officers will be patrolling the streets of downtown Fort Wayne in a number of different ways. It could be on foot, by bicycle, riding a Segway, or even on a Bobcat in order to implement new ways of keeping the city safe.

The best part of it all? Mayor Henry says it all comes at no cost to tax payers.

"The cost will not increase because the officers get paid whether they are in a squad car, or walking a beat, or riding a beat. So it won't be any increase in cost. And I think it's going to be really an effort to come closer to the citizens."

The officers on bike patrol will be responsible for adding coverage to one square mile in downtown between Superior and Brackenridge to the north and south, and Clay to Broadway from east to west respectively.




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