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Bicycle riding auxiliary officers help patrol Grand Rapids

9:20 PM, Jul. 26, 2013
Lt. Lori Edwards, left, and Sgt. Trevin Szulczewski, both of whom are members of the Grand Rapids Police Auxiliary, stand with their patrol bicycles Friday on the trail around Lake Wazeecha in South Wood County Park in Grand Rapids.
Lt. Lori Edwards, left, and Sgt. Trevin Szulczewski, both of whom are members of the Grand Rapids Police Auxiliary, stand with their patrol bicycles Friday on the trail around Lake Wazeecha in South Wood County Park in Grand Rapids.
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When Police Chief Dave Lewandowski needed to find a way to reduce vandalism in the community, he decided to put two department bicycles to use.

This summer, using the Grand Rapids Police Auxiliary, Lewandowski started a town bicycle patrol. In pairs, the auxiliary officers ride around Lake Wazeecha and through some of the subdivisions where problems have been reported, Lewandowski said. If the officers, who are not armed, see something out of the ordinary, they contact the Wood County Dispatch center.

"We want to get the best coverage we can get for what we have," Lewandowski said. ...

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