Local law enforcement, and community partners are coming together and creating a positive, welcoming and safer environment for those who utilize the multi-use trail network throughout the Springfield / Clark County community. The Springfield Police Department will be expanding their patrols on bike for the Springfield trail network.
The National Trail Parks & Recreation District (NTPRD) manages an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities for Clark County residents that include 20 plus miles of multi-use trails, 1,000 plus acres of parks and facilities that include Buck Creek, Simon Kenton and a portion of the Little Miami Scenic trails. Due to the increased use and popularity of the trails, this added benefit will allow officers to gain additional face time with the public and build an even closer relationship with the community. Bicycle patrols will also create a safer atmosphere and allow users to feel protected on the trails, encouraging more physical activity throughout the county.
Bicycle patrols is one method used in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) theories that contend that law enforcement officers, architects, city planners, landscape and interior designers, and resident volunteers can create a climate of safety in a community right from the start.
The Springfield Police Division will patrol area bike paths and parks with certified bike patrol officers through off duty staffing from summer into early fall. Currently over 75 patrols have been scheduled starting June 23rd and running until late October, pending favorable weather. Funding for this initiative was provided through a joint effort that includes the Springfield Conservancy District, the Clark County Combined Health District’s Creating Healthy Communities Coalition, Cycling Clark County, National Trail Parks and Recreation District (NTPRD) and the Springfield Police. For additional information on the resources and programs of Clark County trails and parks, check-out the NTPRD website at www.ntprd.org.