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Bicycle Cops Fighting Back Against Crime
DAYTON -- Cops are now fighting back with a more personable approach on the streets of East Dayton.
On Thursday, our crews hit the streets with certified Dayton officers while they were patrolling the Burkhardt neighborhood on bicycles.
We talked to a neighbor, Jolene O'Hair, who says it adds a face to the officers and makes it easier to flag them down.
"You can see who they are and talk to them one on one," she said.
O'Hair has lived in the Burkhardt area since the late 1990s and says she's watched many changes in her area, "a lot more drug houses around."
Officers Beane and Watts are fighting back on just two wheels because it lets them find criminals in the act.
"Sometimes it's easier for us to go down an alley, find people doing drugs, people picking up prostitutes," Beane said.
Beane said without the metal cruiser as a barrier they can hear and see things much closer.
"We just talked to a neighbor about a drug complaint they had where a lot of sales have been happening," he said.
O'Hair said she's seen first hand how fast the officers respond.
"My son actually got caught shooting off bottle rockets and here comes a bike cop," she said.
Bicycle cops work different shifts on different days but they must be certified to patrol the areas.
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