EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office is equipping its deputies with new e-bikes.
Officials made the announcement during a joint press conference on Friday morning.
Deputies say the bikes are hybrid electric, which means riders can still pedal, but whenever deputies get far out on a trail, an electric motor kicks in with the ability to go up to 30 miles per hour.
The Sheriff’s Office purchased four of them. Authorities will be using these bikes to patrol walking paths and the trails around the University of Southern Indiana.
“The opportunity for interaction with the public - it’s a bit more approachable,” Major Mark Rasure with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office said. “You get to interact a little bit easier, so that gives us an opportunity to be out and about in the neighborhoods and some trail in which we can try to provide a level of protection to pedestrians and other bicyclists.”
Officials tell 14 News the bikes were made available through a Non-Motorized Safety Grant.