Greensboro police focus on neighborhood bike patrols

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- One thing Greensboro police want to improve on is community relations.

Officers say their focus on getting into neighborhoods with their bike patrol unit will play a big role in this.

The department has about 70 patrol officers across the city that use bikes.

The bike officers traditionally have been seen downtown, but with Chief Wayne Scott's push for better police and community relations, bike patrol officers tell us you'll see them in your communities.

Officers say these increased neighborhood patrols will make them more visible and approachable to the public. They hope people will use this as an opportunity to interact with law enforcement while also deterring crime.

Officers say bike patrolling also gives them the opportunity to identify crimes they would've missed if they would've been in a patrol car.

Police say it's not just the officers who can ride through neighborhoods -- people can ride with them. You can sign up through the department’s citizen ride along program. You can contact the department to figure out the criteria for biking along with officers.