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Port St. Lucie Police Department bike unit returns for holidays

Officers will be deployed at special events, shopping centers
Posted at 6:26 PM, Nov 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 19:57:46-05

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — The Port St. Lucie Police Department has brought back a bicycle patrol unit to help combat crime during the holiday shopping season.

Chief John Bolduc announced Thursday the department will have a fully staffed bicycle unit overseen by their district support commander to keep shoppers safe.

The unit is comprised of one sergeant and eight officers.

"I think it's outstanding. I think it's wonderful to see, and it's nice to see them out here. It makes us all feel a lot better," said shopper Peter Sinopoli.

Police said it will allow officers to easily patrol parking lots, walkways and in between buildings that are not easily accessible to patrol vehicles.

Port St. Lucie police Sgt. Joe Norkus
Port St. Lucie police Sgt. Joe Norkus said the bicycle unit gives officers the opportunity to stop and talk to residents more easily than when they are in their patrol cars.

"This is a good time for us to get back and for people to realize that, you know what, you can come up [and] talk with us. We are not always in our cars driving by," said Port St. Lucie police Sgt. Joe Norkus.

The unit will be deployed during special events and select weekdays/weekends in shopping centers this shopping season.

"This will help break down the barriers a little bit, and again put people back at ease that we're out there working," Norkus said.

"Knowing that they're out here, especially if my wife is by herself or parents with little children, that they'll be safe walking around," said Sinopoli.