- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Hattiesburg police in January decided to step up its bicycle patrols, which will be launching soon.

Lt. Jon Traxler tells The Hattiesburg American (https://hatne.ws/28Ryfp0) the six bicycles arrived this week at a cost of $740 apiece. Training will begin next week, when about eight to 10 officers will learn to use the bicycles for police work.

Traxler says the department had a bike patrol in the past, but the bikes were getting old and with the upkeep, they were no longer cost-effective.

He says the bike patrol had been with the neighborhood enhancement team, but now has been moved to the department’s patrol division.

Traxler says the bicycle patrols will be used on the Longleaf Trace, especially in areas where patrol cars are not able to access.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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