Sheffield Lake couple donate e-bike to police – Morning Journal

The Sheffield Lake Police Service will have a greener way to engage with the community with a new fully-featured e-bike, thanks to a generous donation from Sheffield Lake residents Joe and Rosa Gee.

During an October 6 presentation to the Sheffield Lake City Council Safety Committee, Joe Gee formally presented the e-bike to Sheffield Lake’s new Chief Constable, Andrew Kory, with the city hoping to expand the new ride into a bike unit.

The fully-featured bike is produced by Recon Power Bicycles of Fort Wayne, Ind., and can reach a top speed of 30 miles per hour.

The company produces bicycles for law enforcement and the military.

Joe Gee said when presenting the bike to the police department that he saw a need and was looking forward to seeing it used.

The bike was delivered the same day and Kory rode the first ride.

Council at-Large member Rosa Gee said it had been a closely guarded secret for six weeks.

Sheffield Lake will join the Avon Police Department as the only police departments in Lorain County to use patrol bikes.

“Thank you for the donation; it’s very generous,” Kory said. “We are very grateful, and this is going to help us with our community relations and community outreach, and just help us get around on patrol.

“Patrolling the cycle paths will be a great asset.

Mayor Dennis Bring added his heartfelt thanks to the Gees and said the e-bike is a new way to patrol the community.

The police department will implement training so staff can learn how to use it safely, Bring said.

The city hopes to purchase a second bike in 2022 to build the department’s ability to engage with the community in a different way, he said.

“It’s just a new way of patrolling, you see a lot more of them and that way they can probably approach the kids and communicate with them and talk to them and tell them who they are and show them the bike,” said said Bring. . “I’m sure kids would be interested in that as well.”

The bikes will be used to build positive and friendly relationships with the community so children and the public can see that the police are good people, he said.

Sheffield Lake City Council will decide whether to formally accept the $3,213 donation at its next regular sitting on October 12.

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