Off-road bike team doubles in size to tackle ASB

Date published: 07 May 2020 16:33
Dated: 07 May 2020 17:32:27

Our off-road bike team has bolstered its numbers of riders in a bid to tackle the increase in the anti-social and criminal use of off-road bikes and quads during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Since the government’s restrictions were put in place on 23 March, we have seen an increase in 999 and 101 calls to our control room, and incidents of anti-social behaviour, caused by off-road bikes and quads.

To tackle the ongoing problem, ensure riders abide by the law and support our communities in staying safe, the team has more than doubled its numbers, from six to 13 full time team members.

As well as enforcement, the team will also be educating riders about where they can ride their bikes legally and safely and what documentation they need over the coming weeks.

Roads Policing Inspector Craig Clifton said: “The force’s off-road bike team is made up of six full time officers who are supported by officers from each of the four districts.

“Seven officers from districts have now been released from their duties to create a new, bigger team of 13 full time officers.

“The uplift in numbers means the team will now conduct daily operations and patrols in hot spot areas across South Yorkshire as well as target those who use their vehicles in an anti-social, criminal and dangerous manner.”

Inspector Clifton added: “As part of the ongoing work, the team will utilise their new electric off-road bikes, petrol off-road bikes, drones and will be supported by traffic officers and the National Police Air Service and as a result of the uplift will deploy to several areas within the force at the same time .”

We will be sharing the team’s results as they carry out their patrols and days of action.

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