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Police Captain Says Central Towson Bike Patrols 'Well-Received'

The bike patrols have been in place for about a month.

The Towson police precinct in the central area, and Capt. Jonathan Trentzsch said things are looking good.

"The feedback has been pretty much positive and well-received," he said.

The patrols were put in place a month ago because business owners in central Towson wanted to see a more visible police presence. But Trentzsch, head of the Towson precinct, said the patrols don't mean there is a growing crime rate in the area.

"People want to feel safer, and this helps with that," he said.

Though bike patrols are now present, the number of officers assigned to the area has remained the same.

"Their roles—their job descriptions—are different," Trentzsch said. "This part of Towson is one of the most effective places to do it."

The captain elaborated that given the number of people walking around the area, bike patrols made sense to make officers more accessible.

"This way, someone can just see officers, flag them down and start talking to them," he said.

The officers on the bike patrol, who can generally be seen during the daylight hours of 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., have received intensive training to fulfill their roles, Trentzsch said. They will be on the streets until the cold-weather season sets in.

K Blue August 20, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Thank you Captain.
Larry Hankin August 20, 2012 at 08:22 PM
I've recently seen several officers on bikes and think this is a wonderful idea.
Parkvillehoney August 21, 2012 at 05:58 PM
I think this a great idea to help stop crime. Bikes are mobile and visable. Thank you Captain Trentzsch for a job well done.
moe green August 21, 2012 at 09:38 PM
after 5PM the criminals have free rein?
Needaname August 22, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Does Towson have a COP program ?

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