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St. Louis Police Department to announce Community Engagement Biking Unit Thursday

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By: Michael Ryan 

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The St. Louis Police Department will add resources to their community engagement program in an effort to better connect with the community.

The department will announce a new initiative to build positive community relations through the Community Engagement Bike Unit Thursday afternoon.

The bike unit will consist of two officers who will be tasked with biking St. Louis neighborhoods and making community policing part of the department daily operations.

Police officials believe technology has taken away from street beats. Officers are alerted to calls for service in their cruiser and often sent to one right after another. The hope is that this program will get officers out of the car to engage more with the community.  

“We are going to have them out in our neighborhoods and not only in our neighborhoods but in our parks too trying to engage our young people and families,” said St. Louis Commander of Community Engagement LT. Janice Bockstruck.

The department is also re-instating designated hours for officers to engage with kids in parks and have coffee with seniors in a wider effort to reestablish relationships between cops and the community. 

The bike unit will be introduced at 2:30 p.m. at Fairground Park.

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