It was 2004 when Estevan last saw police members on bicycle patrol, but that should change soon.
"We're pretty happy to bring that back," shared Police Chief Paul Ladouceur. "We're hoping to get those bikes on the road within the next couple weeks."
"We realize it's late in the season. The hope was to do it earlier this summer but the reality was by the time we were able to acquire the equipment, the uniforms, the training, it took a little longer than anticipated."
However, they will be able to hit the streets for the remainder of the summer and start right back up again in spring.
"It was the members who put that idea forward to bring it back and I think it's a great thing to engage the community. It allows the officers to go in areas they normally don't go, back alleys, through parks and playgrounds and engage people along the way."
"We have two bikes and an officer from each platoon assigned that can take those out and go on bike patrol."
"It's not something completely new, the service had it in the past. It kind of went by the wayside quite a few years ago and we decided now was a good time to bring it back because we were able to fit it in our current budget."
Ladouceur noted that the costs of the program will not result in any extra money from taxpayers.
"This comes out of our existing budget. If we're going to introduce a new program, we look at ways of how we can reallocate funds in our existing budget. Under our current collective agreement, officers are entitled to a certain number of uniform equipment each year. What we had this year is a number of officers advised that they had sufficient uniforms. What we saved from our uniform or clothing allowance, we were able to reallocate to this bicycle unit."