Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - The Rochester Police Department is planning to resurrect its bicycle patrol program.

It’s been more than 10 years since officers patrolled Rochester on bikes, but it appears the drought will end next year.

A limited bike patrol may surface this summer but a full blown version is being planned for next year. Sgt. Jon Turk is overseeing the implementation of the program, which will be part of the department’s Community Action Team.

Turk says the goal will be to sign up 10 patrol officers and 6 community service officers. For now, the department is planning to use six bikes that could be deployed anywhere in the city. Turk says there won’t be regular bike patrols but officers would likely be assigned to special events and activities. He says they may also be used to target certain criminal activity.

Before heading out on bike patrol, the designated officers will undergo training.

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