The Thomasville Police Department says it has relaunched its specialized bike squad (February 2011).
They say officers on two wheels are important because they can target crime in areas where larger and louder patrol cars sometimes can't.
Says squad commander, Lt. Eric Hampton, "[Officers] are mobile on bicycles and can get places that cars can't get. The citizens enjoy seeing them out in the community and in the neighborhoods, and in the downtown area, and around our schools."
Officer Curtis Humphries is on the specialized team, and says he prefers two wheels to his patrol car's four.
Says Humphries, "It's a very good position to have, and it puts us one-on-one with the community ... and I enjoy being proactive and being able to get out and catch street crime in progress."
TPD says the team targets school zones, residential neighborhoods, and downtown Thomasville as areas where they are the most effective in preventing crime.