TAMPA — Police in Drew Park have two new tools to fight crime: bicycles.
Starting today, two specially trained officers will patrol the neighborhood on two wheels, according to police. The bicycles give the officers the ability to patrol areas not accessible by car and gives them the advantage of speed if a suspect runs, police said. Officers also hope it will make them more approachable.
Each bicycle and its accessories, such as a rack, lock and lights, cost $1,500. They were paid for with Drew Park Community Redevelopment Agency tax increment financing, which is exclusively used for improvements to encourage redevelopment within Drew Park.
The neighborhood — known for its mix of adult business and light industries amid homes — is west of Dale Mabry Highway and south of Hillsborough Avenue.