Duluth COPS officers are patrolling city streets, parks and trails on bikes now that school’s out for the summer.
During the rest of the year, officers assigned to Community Oriented Police Services are busy enforcing school bus safety, mentoring and teaching at schools in the city, and traveling to schools throughout Georgia to present teen driver safety programs.
During summer months, the officers shift their attention (and muscles) to patrol on bicycles throughout the city, according to Lt. Bill Stevens, commander of the Duluth Police Department's COPS Division. While bike patrol is an ideal method for community policing, bikes are stealthy and useful in apprehending criminals, he said.
Officer Bobby Johnson, center, and Sgt. Steve Daniels visit with children near Taylor Park next to Duluth City Hall and the fountain on the Duluth Town Green where children play. Officers often stop by during their lunch to talk to children and hand out stickers. Also, the fountain offers an opportunity for officers to cool off from the summer heat.