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Police and community safety officers are using pedal power to cut their carbon emissions while supporting their communities.

Police ebikes

It’s all part of a Cornwall Council e-bike programme, run in collaboration with Devon and Cornwall Police. The government-funded scheme will help to improve the visibility of community safety officers, antisocial behaviour officers, police officers, and police community support officers in towns — including St Ives — across Cornwall.

Since the Tour of Britain event in Penzance last September, officers in the town have been trialling two e-bikes as part of their work engaging with residents and reducing anti-social behaviour.

Now the scheme is being expanded to police and community safety teams in nine more towns across Cornwall, as well as to the Isles of Scilly.

Active travel minister, Trudy Harrison, said: “E-cycles offer a huge number of advantages, not only giving riders an efficient and healthy travel option, but also helping communities to benefit from reduced congestion in the area.

“Now, Devon & Cornwall Police will also be able to see these benefits and more as e-cycles play a part in keeping our streets safe.”