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CORNING - Four Corning Police Department patrolmen recently completed Patrol Bike School.

Chief Jeff Spaulding said the week-long hands on training, hosted by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, was attended by several area law enforcement agencies.

Topics covered during the hands on training included simple nomenclature of the bikes, as well as the basics of cycling.

Spaulding said more in depth subjects such as tumbling and falling, patrol bike maintenance, and night riding were also covered.

Patrolmen were also trained on how to ride up and down stairs and over rough terrain, as well as basic firearms techniques as they relate to patrolmen on patrol bikes.

Spaulding said patrolmen routinely assign officers to patrol bikes in specific patrol area and during the city’s special events.

Patrolmen complete bicycle inspections and safety instruction in city parks in conjunction with the City Parks Summer Program.

“Mostly, the patrol bikes can be seen in the downtown Gaffer District, but are also assigned to city parks and residential areas as needed,” Spaulding said. “This type of patrol is usually successful in capturing crimes and incidents in progress given a silent, low-profile patrol, especially in the night time hours.”

City Manager Mark Ryckman agreed.

“The bike patrol is not only an effective deterrent to crime,” Ryckman said. “It also helps them build rapport with the public and collect valuable information.”