FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood police department launched its summer bicycle patrol on Monday, July 20, as part of the department's ongoing community policing efforts. 

Captain Kevin Grimmer of the Union County Prosecutor's Office, which is overseeing the Fanwood police following the departure of Chief Richard Trigo until a permanent replacement is found, said that the bike patrol is an excellent form of community policing.

"Community policing is a core value of the Fanwood police, and it always has been," Grimmer said. "Our trained officers will be back on the bikes when weather and manpower allows."

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Officer Kevin Stomber, a member of the Fanwood police since 2002, has 20 years of bike patrol experience. 

"I usually patrol the downtown business district, the train station and the parks," Stomber told TAPintoSPF. "On a bike, you get to interact with the community more. In a car, you are confined and not easily accessible."

"Today we reaffirm our embrace of community-oriented model that fosters a guardian-based policing philosophy that will continue to reshape our police department," said Fanwood Councilman Anthony Carter, the governing body's liaison to the police department. "We applaud Captain Grimmer for the swift restart of our bike patrol and Officer Stomber for stepping up to lead it."

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