Council funds ‘e-bikes’ for police patrols in North Rotherham

Published Friday, 12th April 2019
Police and members with bikes
Councillors Ken Wyatt (Swinton), Jayne Elliot (Wath), Alan Atkin (Wath), Stuart Sansome (Swinton) and Victoria Cusworth (Swinton) with PCSOs Paul Gray and Dave Wright

Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in Rotherham will have more power in their pedals after securing funding from Rotherham Council to purchase electric bicycles.

Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in Rotherham will have more power in their pedals after securing funding from Rotherham Council to purchase electric bicycles.

Councillors from, Hoober, Rawmarsh, Swinton, Valley and Wath wards provided £2318.40 from their ward budgets for two e-bikes for use by South Yorkshire Police (SYP) on its patrols around the northern part of the borough.

The idea came out of the Wath Ward Community Action Partnership (CAP), which coordinates activity locally between the Council, Police and other partners.

The bikes are stickered up with SYP markings and even include a front-mounted blue flashing light.

Councillor Jayne Elliot, ward member for Wath said, “These bikes will allow our PCSOs to get around the borough more easily and enable them to be more responsive to the needs of our community. As councillors we are more than delighted to be able to fund this project.

“This is a great example of partnership working between the Council and South Yorkshire Police, and one which will have a direct benefit to the community we serve.”

Rotherham North Neighbourhood Team Inspector Caroline Bakewell said: “The bikes are a great addition to the team as the officers have large geographical areas to cover.  

“Using the bikes means they can be visible and accessible to more people in the community.  

“We are grateful to our local councillors for funding these, they will be well used.”

The e-bikes are already in use by PCSOs Paul Gray and Dave Wright on their regular patrols.