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Bike patrols to handle 'anti-social' behavior in Chico downtown

Published On: Nov 08 2013 09:04:44 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 08 2013 11:10:54 PM CST
CHICO, Calif. -

Chico police are hitting the streets of downtown on bikes to deal with a number of growing problems.

There will be two officers on their bikes patrolling downtown Monday through Thursday going forward. 

The idea came up at the "study session" that was held just a couple of weeks ago at city hall.

Chico police used to patrol the downtown area on foot, but due to recent budget cuts - changes had to be made.
City Manager Brian Nakamura pitched the idea of bike patrols to Police Chief Kirk Trostle.
Chico police pulled one detective and a patrol officer to be on the bikes.

"I see too often what's going on with our transient community or the transients in our community at this time and just haven't felt safe bringing my kids down," said Jodi Drysdale, who supports the Bike Patrol.  "Because of the police presence, we are coming down to get a Jamba Juice."

Drysdale said this is first time she has taken her kids to downtown in more than a month.