EDISON – Police launched a new bike patrol unit this week that will have officers conducting high-visibility patrols at municipal parks, Edison’s portion of the Middlesex Greenway and at Menlo Park Mall, according to officials.
In addition to the bike patrols, Mayor Thomas Lankey also announced that Edison has joined a growing number of New Jersey communities to show support for its police officers with a blue stripe painted along two roads that lead to the municipal complex and police headquarters, a press release from the township said.
“Our new bike patrols will enhance public safety. They will be highly-visible, easily recognizable and have more maneuverability, able to go places that patrol cars cannot reach,” Chief of Police Thomas Bryan said in the release. “These bike patrols are also part of our community policing initiative, offering people more opportunities to strike up conversations with officers at our parks or outside the mall. Community policing is all about getting people get to know our officers better and visa-versa.”
The bike patrols will be used to monitor parades and special event where there are large gatherings, Bryan said in the release.
Assigned to the bike patrols are Officers Jennifer Aldahondo, Lisa Cimmino, Christopher Gadomski and Neel Patel, the release said.
According to the release, the officers’ training and special equipment, including Trek Police Edition Patrol bikes, were paid for predominantly with criminal forfeiture funds.
Unveiling the new blue line on town hall roadways, Mayor Lankey described it as “a visible symbol of our appreciation and support for our Police Department’s men and women, who serve Edison with honor and dignity. We value their dedication, professionalism and service.”
“It’s a modest, but very meaningful gesture to our police officers,” PBA Local 75 President Michael Schwarz said in the release. “That thin blue line has given them a greater sense of pride, knowing our township recognizes, supports and appreciates their efforts.”
According to the release, the new blue line runs along Hoey Drive, between Talmadge Road and the municipal complex, and along POW-MIA Boulevard, which leads to police headquarters past Lake Papaianni Park and the municipal skateboard park.