EDISON, NJ - The Edison Police Department’s bicycle patrol officers can now respond to emergencies faster and get a quick boost while chasing suspects thanks to new all-terrain power bikes bought with criminal forfeiture funds.
“We continually try to provide our police officers with the latest tools to help them effectively protect our residents and the many visitors to Edison,” said Chief Bryan. “It’s especially nice provide equipment like this at no cost to our taxpayers, using money seized from criminals.”
Bicycle patrol Officers Chris Gadomski and Shirley Dong have begun using a pair of Recon-brand power bikes that can be peddled, but are also outfitted with electric motors and rechargeable lithium ion batteries, Police Chief Thomas Bryan explained.
The all-terrain power bikes, valued at $4,000 apiece, can reach speeds up to 30 miles per hour.
The Edison Police Department reinstated its bicycle patrol unit in 2016 to safeguard municipal parks, the Middlesex Greenway, Menlo Park Mall and other shopping areas in the 32-square-mile community.