More Hot Fuzz than hotrod! Derbyshire Police unveil three new off-road dirt bikes to tackle anti-social behaviour across the countryside
- Derbyshire Police using new dirt bikes to combat motorcyclists in countryside
- Force showed off three Honda CRFs in a video of cops riding on muddy trails
Police have unveiled new off-road dirt bikes to be used by a crack new team of officers who will tackle anti-social behaviour across the countryside.
Derbyshire Police showed off their three all-terrain scramblers, which can even be driven through water, in a montage video of the biker officers riding round the countryside set to an indie-rock track.
The video showed the bikes – which are fitted with flashing lights and sirens – on rocky paths, muddy trails and parks and climbing steep slopes. It ended with an action shot of a rear wheel kicking up dirt as an officer set off from a standstill.
The new petrol-powered Honda CRFs – which will be used pursue criminals across the countryside – will be able to reach areas which normal police patrol vehicles struggle to navigate as crooks increasingly evade more conventional pursuits.
The force has obtained the ‘lightweight and versatile’ scramblers, which will be ridden by specially trained officers from the roads policing unit, for use in all conditions.
Derbyshire Police have unveiled new off-road dirt bikes to be used by a crack new team of officers tackling anti-social behaviour countryside
The force showed off their three all-terrain scramblers, which can even be driven through water, in a montage video of the biker officers riding round the countryside
The new petrol-powered Honda CRFs (pictured) will be used pursue criminals across the Derbyshire countryside
Officers will use the dirt bikes to tackle nuisance and anti-social behaviour particularly caused by users of illegal off-road motorbikes across wasteland areas.
They will also help during searches for high-risk, missing and vulnerable people as well as responding to reports of crime, such as drug dealing, in secluded locations.
But some social media users mocked the force, with one commenter writing: ‘F***ing hell [crying laughing emoji] they coming for you lads.’
And another advised the officers: ‘Make sure you lock them [the dirt bikes] up or they’ll be gone.’
Adam Titterton, Sergeant in the Roads Policing Unit, said: ‘We’ve seen a rise in the number of reports we receive about the illegal use of motorbikes in some of Derbyshire’s most beautiful parks and countryside.
‘Over the last few months, we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to source scrambler bikes such as these, so that we have the tools to better target this antisocial behaviour.
‘We’re looking forward to getting out and speaking to people, so that we can prevent further anti-social behaviour and better educate the illegal riders in the law and how to legally use off-road bikes.’
Officers will use the dirt bikes (pictured) to tackle nuisance and anti-social behaviour particularly caused by users of illegal off-road motorbikes across wasteland areas
The police force’s video showed officers riding over rocky and hilly parts of the Derbyshire countryside
Police and Crime Commissioner Angelique Foster said: ‘These off-road bikes will help Derbyshire Constabulary’s police officers to tackle a raft of crimes which blight our neighbourhoods.
‘They will play an important role in the work to tackle the anti-social and criminal use of motorcycles, as well as a range of rural problems such as machinery theft, trespass and poaching.
‘It’s important that police officers are provided with the right equipment and training to tackle the changing nature of crime and anti-social behaviour and I am pleased to see my investment being used to address problems that are of concern to local communities.’
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