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Smithsburg to equip 2 officers with bikes

December 05, 2000

Smithsburg to equip 2 officers with bikes



By ANDREW SCHOTZ / Staff Writer


SMITHSBURG - The Town Council on Tuesday voted 4-1 to spend $3,200 on two new bicycles, plus equipment and clothing, for Smithsburg's two police officers.

There was little discussion before the vote. Councilman Mike Rohrer, who voted no, objected to the purchase during the council's Nov. 28 work session.

"I won't support the expenditure," Rohrer said then. "It's an unbudgeted item. ... I see this as one thing that could be put off to the next fiscal year."

Mayor Tommy Bowers explained Tuesday that the money will be taken from a fund to buy police vehicles. He said the bikes fit into that category.

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Last month, Councilman Jerome Martin said that he supports the purchase as long as the police use the bikes "as many hours as possible."

It's a good idea for officers to ride bicycles in town, Police Chief Ralf Berger said, because the officers are more visible and accessible and the bikes let them go places that patrol cars can't.

Berger and Officer Michael Neuland already have been patrolling on bikes. They recently completed a training program for bicycle officers.

Under the proposal approved Tuesday, the police department will buy two new bikes with equipment for $1,000 each. The officers each will receive $600 worth of uniforms, including shirts, shorts and socks, Berger said last month.

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