Wednesday, 11 May 2016 17:11

The special reach of an officer on a bicycle

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As explained in last week’s issue, in every region the Cyprus police have a unit of community police officers to assist and educate citizens.
In the major cities of Limassol, Larnaca, Paphos and Nicosia this division also includes community police officers on bicycles, patrolling the cities’ bike paths and adjoined pedestrian areas.
In an interview with the Cyprus Weekly, Limassol community police officers Christodoulos Konstantinou and Christodoulos Christodoulou explained their specific roles.

Office in Limassol park
Limassol’s multi-purpose seaside park spreads over 65,000m2, and was officially inaugurated a year ago on April 29, 2015. It has since become a favourite spot for Limassolians and tourists alike to meet with friends and family, exercise or relax. However, with its popularity and the increased traffic of bicycles, pedestrians and roller-skaters, dangers and nuisances have also increased.

According to the officers, the opening of the small community police office near Molos’ ‘red café’ in December 2015 has helped make the area safer and changed the atmosphere –especially in the parking lots.

The office is open from 6-8pm from Monday to Friday, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-1pm and from 6-8pm. Various leaflets on the prevention of car theft and burglaries and some tourist information are available.

Preventing crime
As with all community police officers, the mounted officers’ main role is to help prevent crime by informing and advising citizens. The officers patrol the area on their bicycles and carry radios and all other essential police gear for the people to feel safe. If they need help, patrol cars can be in the area within seconds.

They deal with complaints such as the mis-use of the pedestrian or bike paths, bad parking and noise and take care of lost and found items in the area.
“More serious cases do occur occasionally and we are always alert and in constant contact with the patrol cars in the area,” explains officer Christodoulou.

“We also offer bicycle safety lessons for young children at schools [from the age of 9], helping them to ride with more ease and safety when they visit the Molos after school.”
According to the officers, users of rental bikes, who are sometimes unsure of their riding skills, usually cause no problems as they are generally very careful.

Safety concerns have been arising lately through the use of various electronic leisure vehicles (Segways, electric scooters, etc.) though, and users are cautioned to be aware of everyone’s safety.

‘Be considerate’
“People come to this area from all over the island, especially now in summer,” explains community police officer Konstantinou.
“It is important for everyone to feel safe. We encourage citizens to obey the law, be considerate and follow rules so that everyone can have a good time and enjoy this beautiful area of Limassol.”

For emergencies, citizens are asked to call 112 or for other issues the island-wide citizen line 1460 to be connected with an officer in the respective area.

Article as published in The Cyprus Weekly of April 29, 2016 

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