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SCRANTON -- A car dealership in Scranton offered police departments a new mode of transportation on two wheels instead of four.

Toyota of Scranton bought patrol bicycles for six departments in Lackawanna County.

The Lackawanna County sheriff's office, headquartered at the county courthouse, was one of the recipients of the new patrol bikes Tuesday.

They're meant to help officers with what they call "community policing."

The newest fleet of police transportation in Lackawanna County comes with decals to match their four-wheeled counterparts.

"After 29 years of being employed in the borough of Archbald, I don't think that we've ever had the opportunity to ride a bicycle while on patrol," said Archbald Police Chief Tim Trently.

Archbald's chief was one of six to get a call from Toyota of Scranton offering a donation of two patrol bicycles each. Two wheels offer a new approach to policing.

"If we have an area that maybe we're having some issues with, we'll be able to get out on these bicycles and spend a little bit more time there, get to know our neighbors," said the chief.

Toyota of Scranton presented the bikes in a special ceremony. The bikes will go to police departments in Archbald, Blakely, Carbondale, Old Forge, Taylor, and to the Lackawanna County sheriff's office.

Some of those departments, like Taylor, will be able to revive a bike patrol program.

"A lot of the officers have since retired since then and, you know, it's something that the new administration wanted to bring back into the community. People were actually asking where the bicycle patrol went," said Taylor Police Chief Steve Derenick.

Chief Derenick says officers are more approachable on a bike. Patrolman Mike Zuby uses a bike now in his patrols. He says it works best with the kids.

"It's almost like I'm one of them," said Ptlm. Zuby. "I'm a lot more approachable. They know me because I'm the student resource officer in the school currently, so when they see me out on the bike, they want to hurry up and get their bikes and helmets and ride along with me or play ball."

Toyota of Scranton has already donated police patrol bikes to the Scranton Police Department and the Dunmore Police Department.

5 comments

  • Bob

    Sully,
    You could not be more wrong. Break the law in front of a Deputy and see what happens. You think that you will just walk away free?

    FACT: In Pennsylvania, a review of statutory law provides little guidance in addressing the issue of the duties, power, and authority of the County Sheriff. However, in Pennsylvania, the Sheriff is a constitutional officer and the state constitution requires a Sheriff in each county. Case law provides that, although the Sheriff’s primary responsibilities are to the courts, the Sheriff retains all arrest powers he/she had at common law, including investigation of crimes. More importantly, since the Sheriff retains all arrest powers he/she had at common law, he/she has the constitutional authority to enforce the criminal laws as well as the vehicle laws of Pennsylvania. Therefore the sheriff and his/her deputies maintain full criminal and civil jurisdiction in the county, with the authority to conduct a traffic stop, direct traffic, work vechicle crashes, serve civil process, and even arrest for any onsite crimes or violations. The sheriff may but is not required to exercise this authority in most instances. Source: PA DEPUTY SHEIFF’S ASSOCIATION

  • sully

    Huh?? The Sheriff’s office? Why? They are not police, nor do they have the same authority as police. Since when do they patrol. Areas that do not have their own police use PSP. Now here come the PA sheriff deputies responses. They will tell you otherwise, but it’s wishful thinking. This is PA, not NY or Virginia or any other state where sheriff’s have the same powers of arrest AND Investigation. The sheriff’s in my county work mon-fri, 9-5. no nights or weekends and they love to tell the world that they “protect and serve.”

    • You're an Idiot

      Full police power, Sherrif is just elected official. Primary duty to courts but have full police authority. But keep up your cop hating keyboard warrior. Do something illegal in front of them and see what happens.

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