- Chicago Police officers are preparing to patrol Chicago's streets by bicycle and the department's newest bike patrol officers were put through the paces on Tuesday.
Officers are learning they will have to ride their bike, weaving through tight spots, such as in crowd control during marches and protests. Police say these bike patrols are the next generation of community policing, in many cases more effective than an officer on foot or in a car.
They said it proved very effective during the NATO protest two years ago.
[...] Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy plan to double the size of the department's bike patrol, to about 400 officers.
Most kidding aside, the Bikes are a decent asset to have - weather permitting - in a downtown environment for patrol, parades and publicity. But for where the shootings are, not so much. What if you have to leave the bike to hop a fence or enter a building? If you've ever dropped a flashlight, a magazine, a pair of handcuffs in the 'hood, you know it isn't going to be there when you get back, or if it is, it'll be in pieces.
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