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Bicycle cops to tackle tourist harassment in Falmouth

BY HORACE HINES
Observer West reporter

Thursday, September 21, 2017

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Some 12 Trelawny cops who recently graduated from a one-month Area One bicycle course are expected to play a significant role in curbing tourist harassment in the historic town of Falmouth.

There are several complaints of harassment from cruise ship passengers who disembark at the Falmouth port.

“I am pleased to a certain extent that we will see some improvement in terms of dealing with that aspect of it (tourist harassment),” commander of the Trelawny Police Division, Superintendent Clive Blair, remarked.

“Sometimes we have some challenges with harassment and we, as law enforcement officers, along with our stakeholders, are doing the best possible to deal with it.”

Superintendent Blair pointed out that with the bicycles, the mobility of the cops will be greatly enhanced, arguing that “whenever they are summoned, it will be easier for them to pedal their way through the town's busy business hub, which is frequently congested”.

“The bicycle patrol will be more effective in terms of getting to any location within the town if there is a call that the police service is needed, because sometimes there is traffic congestion and it prevents the police from reaching a certain location at any time. The bicycle patrol is able to go through and reach the location and deal with any issue that comes before the police,” the head of the Trelawny police division said.

The 12 Trelawny cops were trained under the watchful eyes of Inspector Courtney Wilson who conducted a similar course in St James last month.

Inspector Wilson disclosed plans to take the course to the parish of Hanover next month.

Superintendent Blair was speaking at the closing ceremony for the Area One Police Bicycle Course at the Trelawny divisional headquarters in Falmouth last Friday.

Meanwhile, Superintendent Michael Phipps, who was the guest speaker at the function, charged the graduates to ensure that they take care of the bicycles assigned to them.

“I would want to alert you that those bikes, you must see them as tools of your trade; as such you must protect them, you must care for them, you must see them as your own properties.

“I have no doubt that you all have had a very wonderful learning experience, and you will go out in the field and bring your experiences and what you have been taught.”

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