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LYNN DISTRICT COURT
COMMUNITY PRESENCE VIA BIKE PATROL
This summer, Lynn District Court Probation
Officers will mount bikes and fan out on the North Shore
where they will "keep an eye" on offenders as part of the
court's special Bike Patrol Unit, according to Chief Probation
Officer Donald January.
Lynn District Court's Bike Unit was first
established three years ago, several years after the Lawrence
District Court and Essex Juvenile courts started units.
Lawrence and Essex were among the first probation departments
in the nation to create a bike unit in the summer of 1999.
"The advantage of the bike patrol is that
it puts Probation Officers in the eye of the public. They
see it as another thing that probation is doing. The bikes
also provide us great access to probationers," said January, "We
are staying one step ahead of the bad guys."
Lynn District Court Probation Officers will
ride into the community several times a week. They will
travel by bike through Lynn, Swampscott, Marblehead, Saugus
and Nahant, covering in excess of 50 miles. Probation Officers
will be dispatched to downtown Lynn and the Commons, which
have been identified as "trouble areas" by January.
Probation Officer Donald Castle, one of the
original members of the bike unit, said probationers are
often caught off guard when he or a member of the unit
"The bike unit serves as a great crime prevention
tool," Castle said.
The Lynn District Probation Department is
helping to fill a void with its bike unit. When the special
bike unit was established in 2002, Lynn District Probation
Officers traveled with the Lynn Police.
While the summer months are the busiest for
the Bike Patrol Unit, Probation Officers may also be found
on two wheels at school and sporting events during the
school year and at local parades. Most recently, the unit
was present at the City of Lynn's Latin Festival.