Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping experienced the marvel of eco-friendly transport with a visit to see the force’s new electric police bikes for himself.
As part of a determined effort to reduce Nottinghamshire Police’s carbon footprint and embrace greener technology, the PCC has supported the investment in four new electricity-powered bikes (e-bikes) to help the force fight crime and tackle antisocial behaviour.
A trial is currently underway in Gedling in partnership with Gedling Borough Council to measure the impact of the new bikes on policing but already the new additions have become a hit with residents.
Mr Tipping inspected two of the Phantom E Bikes based at Carlton Police Station earlier today and was told of the huge value they brought to officers who are able to cover more ground and apprehend fleeing suspects at a greater pace. Another bike is based at Byron House and the fourth is being used at Retford.
“One of the great things about new technology is that is makes the job of police officers easier and more effective,” explained Mr Tipping.
“The new e-bikes are not only quick off the ground and allow officers to follow suspects in areas inaccessible by police cars, they are also helping to protect the environment and reduce the force’s carbon footprint.
“The wheels really are in motion for a greener future and I’m sure we will hear many heroic tales of pedal power in the future.”
The bikes have police markings and blue flashing lights and enable officers to patrol alleys and narrow thoroughfares which are difficult to police by car.They also help officers cover hilly terrain and dirt tracks frequented by nuisance quad bike and scooter riders.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Mike Ebbins said: “The bikes have already been used to detain an outstanding burglar who was making away from a scene in Netherfield. Due to the bikes’ speed and silent approach, officers were able to get ahead of their colleagues in police cars and arrest the offender who was later charged with the offence.
“We’ve already had comments from people that it’s great to see officers back out on bikes. It’s a really good bit of kit – I don’t think many forces have bikes like these.
“It’s fantastic to be able to reduce our carbon footprint, so that we can protect the environment while we’re protecting the community.”