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West Shore RCMP bike patrol unit makes 30 arrests

Recovered items include seven bikes, four vehicles, one tent trailer and a dirt bike
Cpl. Dave Vunic (left) and Const. Alex Berube show off the red and black Rocky Mountain bikes they use to patrol trails throughout the western communities as part of the West Shore RCMP’s new bike patrol unit. (Gazette file photo)

It was a busy summer season for the West Shore RCMP’s new bike patrol unit with 30 arrests and a number of stolen items recovered.

The unit started on July 3 and since then, has had more than 30 arrests. With assistance from the detachment’s crime analyst, members of the unit have also been targeting known prolific offenders and were able to recover seven bicycles, four vehicles, one tent trailer, and a dirt bike.

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The unit consists of four full-time members who constantly patrol the West Shore’s trail system as well as other areas that are difficult to access with a regular patrol vehicle.

Officers head out in pairs on red and black Rocky Mountain bikes.

The local detachment had a summer bike patrol in the past, but this is the first time it has had a full-time, year-round unit to enforce criminal code offenses and provincial statutes in areas that are difficult to access with police cars.

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