Barrier Police District Constables Kylie Horner and Piper Peterson are hitting Silver City streets on super sturdy push bikes with three corner jack-proof tyres all in the name of community engagement while providing high visibility policing that helps to keep the community safe.
When we caught up for a chat with these two very fit police officers, they’d just covered around 35kms in four hours and were barely breaking a sweat.
“Kids get excited to see police on push bikes and we enjoy chatting with the community as we ride around the city on bike patrol,” says Constable Horner. “We’ve just covered about 35kms in half a shift and it’s great to be out and about.”
The officers have completed an intensive week of training on the bikes including challenging obstacle courses and basic bike maintenance.
“We spent five days at the academy learning advanced bicycle skills over a range of obstacles where we learnt how to multitask to perform our police duties while riding even when feeling stressed or fatigued,” Constable Peterson told the Truth.
While standing at the front of the police station in Blende St with the two constables joined by Inspector Tom Aylett and Superintendent David Cooper, a large vehicle pulled out in front of a small car at a nearby intersection almost causing a four-car incident right before our eyes. Constable Horner jumped on her bike ready to set off in hot pursuit as the vehicle sped away but held off, with her camera capturing the event instead.
You may come across police on push bike patrol anywhere around Broken Hill, but you’ll certainly see them regularly around the Coles and Woolworths shopping complexes during the school holidays so be sure to have a chat and let them know if you see any suspicious behaviour around town.
ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY – MAN CHARGED
A 30-year-old man faced Wentworth Local Court yesterday (Tuesday December 5) charged following an attempted armed robbery at around 10:20am Monday December 4, when he entered a shop on Oxide Street in Broken Hill, allegedly demanding cash.
The shop attendant retreated to the back of the store and the man fled the location in a car. A short time later he was located by police in a park on Chloride St allegedly armed with a knife and an axe.
The man was arrested and taken to Broken Hill Police Station where he was charged with robbery armed with an offensive weapon and with having custody of an offensive implement in a public place.
The man was given conditional bail to reappear at Broken Hill Local Court on Tuesday January 30.
WOMAN ARRESTED FOR BREAK AND ENTER NEAR GALENA ST
A woman will face court following an investigation into a break and enter of a home near Galena St that was recently reported on by the Barrier Truth.
Just after midnight on Wednesday November 8, police received reports a vacant home on Galena St had been broken into and a man and woman were seen in the area at the time.
Following inquiries, about 9am on Thursday November 30, police arrested a 24-year-old woman on Cobalt St who was taken to Broken Hill Police Station and charged with enter enclosed land not prescribed premises without lawful excuse.
The woman was given conditional bail to appear at Broken Hill Local Court on Tuesday December 12.
Barrier Police encourage anyone who sees anything suspicious in their neighbourhood to contact the station on 08 8087 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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