10/02/2008

Fla. police praised for bike patrols

By Heather Scofield
The News-Journal

BUNNELL, Fla. — They ride up and down stairs, through swampland, and on steep, rocky terrain when they train. And they do it in long stretches to build endurance. "The average bicyclist doesn't usually ride their bike in places that we are trained to go with ours," said deputy Kevin Byrne of the Flagler County sheriff's Bicycle Patrol Unit.

Byrne is one of 13 deputies on Cpl. Frank Celico's bike patrol team, which covers day and night shifts, rain or shine. "Crime doesn't stop just because the weather's bad," said Byrne.

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