Warwickshire’s BIKE team to crack down on arson and other crime

Warwickshire County Council's Fire and Rescue Services' Bicycle Intervention Knowledge and Education team (BIKE).
Warwickshire County Council's Fire and Rescue Services' Bicycle Intervention Knowledge and Education team (BIKE).
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Police officers and firefighters in Warwickshire are being trained to use pedal power to help reduce arson and anti-social behaviour in the county.

The county council, which runs the fire and rescue service, is working with Warwickshire Police on a Bicycle Intervention Knowledge and Education (BIKE) team - where those involved are able to reach, by mountain bike, areas that have become known for high levels of anti-social behaviour and arson.

New recruits who have been training recently include firefighters, an arson reduction officer, police community support officers, police officers and a sergeant.

The course, funded by Warwickshire’s Police Commissioner Ron Ball, was run by the county council’s cycle training provider, Love2Bike, and involved a cycling theory course, specialist youth engagement training and BIkeability’s level two and three practical test.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Rob Moyney said: “The role of the team is to intervene in any arson or potential anti-social behaviour. They give a great visual presence in the community and act as a link for the community to pass on any information around arson and anti-social behaviour.”