Gardner Police officers will begin to deploy on bicycles. Four officers will ride at a time patrolling city streets and neighborhoods. Law enformcent officials hope the new means of transportation will help develop better communication between officers and residents. Submitted photo

Gardner Police officers will begin to deploy on bicycles. Four officers will ride at a time patrolling city streets and neighborhoods. Law enforcement officials hope the new means of transportation will help develop better communication between officers and residents. Submitted photo

Gardner Police officers are getting around town in a different way – bicycles.
The police department will soon deploy officers on bicycles as a way to further community policing efforts. The bike officers will patrol neighborhoods and business areas around the city and will be tasked with enhancing relations between officers and the community. Police Chief James Pruetting hopes the officers on bicycles will improve communication and police interaction with Gardner residents.
“If you see the officers in your neighborhood, I encourage you to reach out to them to discuss any crime or quality of life issues you have in your neighborhood,” Pruetting said. “Or, feel free to just say hello and introduce yourself. We want citizens to know their law enforcement team, and we want to know the citizens whom we serve.”
The bike unit consists of four riders, who will patrol various parts of the community during both daytime and nighttime hours.
“This is just the beginning of our efforts to build our relationship with the residents and businesses of Gardner as we strive to provide excellent police service,” Pruetting said “Having this new bike unit will help to build that partnership, and together we can keep Gardner one of the safest cities in Kansas.”