Time will tell what situations they're most appropriate for, but Detective Whitely said during his patrol time at Delmar's Four Corners it was a great tool for interacting with youths congregating there.
"It's great to be out there," he said. "A lot of the kids we know from school, and they're excited to talk about the bikes."
Corsi emphasized that bicycle-mounted officers are simply a great relations tool and will hopefully add to the dialogue between the town and residents.
"It gets our officers closer to the public," he said.
Supervisor Sam Messina said the idea of bicycle patrols has received positive feedback from residents in the past. He also said it's a great value, since the taxpayer isn't paying for the equipment.
The new program will effectively have zero budget impact because they were purchased out of forfeiture money from drug operation seizures and the like, according to officials. The bikes were $1,100 each fully outfitted, and were purchased from Mad Dog Bicycles in Delmar.""