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CSU Bike Squad revamped to patrol campuses and nearby areas

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The Columbus State University Police Bike Squad has beenrevamped, and is now ready to patrol both main and RiverPark campuses with newand refurbished bicycles.

The Bike Squad consists for four University Police officerswho are specially trained in advanced riding skills, negotiating stairs andother obstacles, offensive and defensive riding tactics and bicyclemaintenance.

The Bike Squad officers also regularly patrol nearby areaspopular with pedestrians and bicyclists such as the RiverWalk and the ColumbusFall Line Trace Rails-to-Trails path.

"I enjoy the opportunity to ride andthink that it provides for interaction with the campus community on a whole newlevel," said Christina Hester, a Bike Squad officer.

Several new bikes were recentlypurchased, old bikes were serviced and all were customized to fit officers whoride them. CSU Police enjoyed support from Columbus' cycling community, evenreceiving a donated bike from The Bike Shop of Columbus.

Bike officers at CSU have demonstratedtheir value as a rapid response resource both for normal campus incidents andspecial events. A bicycle's versatility makes it a valuable tool for police asit allows an officer to access areas of campus where a patrol car may noteasily go. Bike officers perform the same tasks as other police officers, oftenfocusing on pedestrian safety, enforcing bicycle and pedestrian laws,monitoring traffic in congested areas and observing targeted areas of campus.

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