Cycle police squad to be disbanded

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A POLICE bike squad is set to be axed – just 18 months after it was launched.

The trail-blazing team will go as part of Essex Police’s most radical shake-up in decades – the force needs to make £41million of savings within the next four years.

Roger Watson, vice chairman of Essex Police Federation, said it was a big loss.

He added: “They can get through Southend quite quickly when traffic is snarled up, and they can get to scenes quicker. But it’s going to be subject to the cuts.”

However, the bikes will still be kept by the force and the officers will still be able to use them when necessary.

The team will also re-form for major events, such as the 2012 Olympic mountain-biking event at Hadleigh Castle.

Supt Jon Dodman, of the south eastern division, said: “Officers deployed on cycles remain a tactical option, as they always have been.

“Indeed our Velo team will be involved in the 2012 Olympic cycling event.

“On a day-to-day basis, senior officers now need to decide the most practical and efficient use of its limited resources, including the deployment of officers in vehicles, on foot and on bicycles.”

Southend’s “advanced cycle team” was set up in February 2010. It made 177 arrests in its first year.

It also closed four cannabis factories, and made stop-checks which led to ten houses being searched for drugs.

The real benefit of the team was it could reach places quickly, without the worry of negotiating heavy traffic.

The team wore body cameras to record evidence vital to getting a prosecution in court.

Now the officers will be deployed to other frontline roles, either working as part of a shift, or on neighbourhood specialist teams.

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8:58am Thu 18 Aug 11

Nick BURTON says...

I knew the Cycle Squad would not last ( reliable informant ), no doubt in a few years time this idea will be Re launched by a young upstart bobbing about for promotion on the back of his/her briliant new idea..........a CYCLE SQUAD
I knew the Cycle Squad would not last ( reliable informant ), no doubt in a few years time this idea will be Re launched by a young upstart bobbing about for promotion on the back of his/her briliant new idea..........a CYCLE SQUAD Nick BURTON
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8:59am Thu 18 Aug 11

Cliff Maxford says...

I'm very suprised the Echo didnt have a headline "On Ya Bike"
I'm very suprised the Echo didnt have a headline "On Ya Bike" Cliff Maxford
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9:05am Thu 18 Aug 11

westcliff willi says...

seems a bit strange, how does it save money? the bike are bought and paid for, far cheaper to run than cars cover more ground than on foot and can arrive in certain areas faster and quiter than cars.Also they can detect anti social behaviour and deal with it better than any other method.More explaination needed i think.
seems a bit strange, how does it save money? the bike are bought and paid for, far cheaper to run than cars cover more ground than on foot and can arrive in certain areas faster and quiter than cars.Also they can detect anti social behaviour and deal with it better than any other method.More explaination needed i think. westcliff willi
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9:49am Thu 18 Aug 11

Nebs says...

If they used unicycles they would save money as there would only be half as many tyres to replace.
If they used unicycles they would save money as there would only be half as many tyres to replace. Nebs
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10:11am Thu 18 Aug 11

perini says...

I would have thought that putting more coppers on bicycles would be a better bet. As already stated they can reach certain areas of the town quickly and quietly and after the initial cost of the bike cost next to nothing to run/maintain. False economy I think - unless we're only getting half the story
I would have thought that putting more coppers on bicycles would be a better bet. As already stated they can reach certain areas of the town quickly and quietly and after the initial cost of the bike cost next to nothing to run/maintain. False economy I think - unless we're only getting half the story perini
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11:37am Thu 18 Aug 11

Discouraged says...

Madness. keep the bikes and ditch the Subaru.
Madness. keep the bikes and ditch the Subaru. Discouraged
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1:43pm Thu 18 Aug 11

ADucksQuack says...

Essex police can't afford to keep the bike squad going but they can afford fleets of spanking new '11 reg 4x4s and Mitsubishis.
Essex police can't afford to keep the bike squad going but they can afford fleets of spanking new '11 reg 4x4s and Mitsubishis. ADucksQuack
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5:08pm Thu 18 Aug 11

geezer, innit says...

is the bike that's been reported stolen a police squad bike?

The only coppers I'ver seen on pushbikes in and about Basildon have been red faced fat knackers in pretend police get up aka PCSOs, about as much a deterrent as P.C. Plod from Toyland
is the bike that's been reported stolen a police squad bike? The only coppers I'ver seen on pushbikes in and about Basildon have been red faced fat knackers in pretend police get up aka PCSOs, about as much a deterrent as P.C. Plod from Toyland geezer, innit
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7:38pm Thu 18 Aug 11

Thames Gateway says...

And they've kept the horses??!
And they've kept the horses??! Thames Gateway
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4:18pm Fri 19 Aug 11

Ivanna Goodhump says...

Discouraged wrote:
Madness. keep the bikes and ditch the Subaru.
I suspect it came down to a choice between the Bike Squads of Essex or the Chauffeur Driven cars of the Senior Police Officers in Chelmsford ....
[quote][p][bold]Discouraged[/bold] wrote: Madness. keep the bikes and ditch the Subaru.[/p][/quote]I suspect it came down to a choice between the Bike Squads of Essex or the Chauffeur Driven cars of the Senior Police Officers in Chelmsford .... Ivanna Goodhump
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