The Leland Police Department's bike unit is on the lookout in a neighborhood near you. After weeks of training and new biking equipment, they are ready to hit the streets. "We can get out into the community, people can see us face to face and we have a lot more interaction with people,” said Captain Nick Giacobbe. It's considered a crime prevention tool and expected to make officers more approachable. "People are much more receptive and they have a tendency to open up a little bit more as far as letting us know what is going on in their neighborhoods and where we need to watch and what we need to be looking for,” said Joe Pierce of Leland Police. An average day for the bike patrol is pedaling 30 to 40 miles. "Through multiple streets, up and down Village Road, Old Fayetteville… just about anywhere you can think of we have been,” explained John Holman. Officers say trading in their four wheeler for two, will only help extend their reach out into the community and many residents agree. "It's not as personal when they are in a car; when they are on a bike they get to talk to people and that's a good thing,” said Bob Pidgeon, a Leland resident. The department expects to keep the bike patrol unit rolling year round. It's also helping the department go green, by cutting down on the costs for fueling squad cars.
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