- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - The Clarksburg Police Department will soon roll out a new bicycle patrol system that officials hope will cut down on crime in the city.

The Exponent Telegram reports (http://bit.ly/1Vvs5xh) Clarksburg Police Chief Robbie Hilliard says he believes the system will be up and running by the beginning of June.

Hilliard says bike patrols have been proven to work effectively in reducing crime in the cities, adding that the patrols will also increase police presence in Clarksburg.

The routes will focus on the downtown area, as well as Glen Elk and several other neighborhoods in the community.

Hilliard says the bicycle police will be utilizing this system not only during regular shift hours, but during the city’s special events, including festivals, fairs and other public activities.

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Information from: The Exponent Telegram, http://www.theet.com

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