BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH)– The Bridgeport police department is unveiling their newest tool to help them enforce the law while getting some exercise.
Bridgeport police officers enjoyed showing off their newest tool to fight crime, eco-friendly hybrid bikes.
Bridgeport’s mayor, Bill Finch even took a spin. The mayor points out Bridgeport is a green city and there’s little waste with an electric bike.
Officers say with the new bikes they can respond quicker to incidents than on traditional bikes.
The bicycles are equipped with lights, sirens and saddle bags to hold plenty of tickets.
The police chief says the bikes will help officers get closer to the community and give them a boost when they’re chasing down criminals.
“Part of the idea is that we are not going to exhaust the officers to pedal down the street to respond to a call or emergency call so they will have all their strength when they need it the most,” said Chief of police, Joseph Gaudett Jr, Bridgeport Police Department.
The bikes can travel up to twenty miles per hour and up to forty miles between charges.