BELMONT — Donations from Belmont Rotary and MC Cycle and Sport in Laconia have made two new police patrol bicycles available to the Belmont Police Department.
The department will be replacing the older Trek mountain bikes with newly outfitted Felt "Nine 80" mountain bikes.
"This will aid the Belmont PD bicycle officer in the busy summer season and further grow the bicycle unit's capabilities," said Lt. Richard Mann.
Police patrol the village area, the railroad tracks, town recreation areas and campgrounds.
The police also use the bicycles in a variety of ways. They participate in summer activities with the town like parades and Old Home Day.
The department also participates in the Safe Kids 500 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, wellness fairs at Belmont Elementary School and the Belmont Safety Day.
There are two bicycle officers: Patrol Officer Derek Gray and School Resource Officer/Patrol Officer Joe Marcello. Mann said the Belmont Police don't have an official bicycle registry but if a parent wants to call and give a brief description of a bicycle, the department records it in the event the bike is stolen.
Any requests for a bicycle patrol in a specific neighborhood should be made to the Belmont Police at 267-8350.
CUTLINE: (BPD Bikes) From left are Belmont Rotary Club members Ron Mitchell, Nikki Wheeler, and Gerri Mitchell, Belmont Police Officer Derek Gray, Rotary Club member Ken Ellis, Belmont Police Officer Joe Marcello, and Myles Chase of MC Cycle & Sport. (Courtesy photo)
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