Four area churches paid for the Chillicothe Police Department to replace 20-year-old bicycles within the city's bike patrol unit. Those churches are Open Door, First Wesleyan, Church of Deliverance, and Church Triumphant.
"I think, for the most part, the city and the church desire the same thing for the community," said First Wesleyan Pastor Jon Welch, "so any way that we could help out, I think we were just excited and honored to do so."
Sgt. Ron Meyers said regular and auxiliary officers volunteer to do bike patrol, which requires two officers: "They're basically on what's called 'directed patrol,' in which they have an assignment and a neighborhood to patrol."
He said they patrol places such as high-crime drug areas, the park, and shopping centers.
Pastor Mark Pfeifer, of Open Door, said his church was happy to help: "With Mayor (Jack) Everson's City Hope incentive, I think churches have become more aware of their role in being a real help to the city and not just existing for themselves but to see themselves as a part of the fabric that creates wellness in your community."
Sgt. Meyers said Rivers Bend Bicycle Shop discounted the four bikes at $850 each.
To learn more about City Hope, log onto www.chillicothecityhope.com.
(Pictured L to R: Sgt. Ron Meyers, Officer Micah Shanks, Pastor Mark Pfeifer, and Pastor Jon Welch)