CPD mountain bike patrol recovering guns off the streets

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Police's mountain bike patrol have taken more than 60 guns off the streets in the last 35 weeks.

"They are out there to give high viability to our violent hot spots and they are doing a good job of recovering guns and making arrests when necessary," Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate said.

Neudigate said many of the guns are getting into the wrong hands with the heroin epidemic.

"With the heroin epidemic there have been an increase in thefts from vehicles, and increase in burglaries. because they are looking for money, jewelry, anything that they can trade for heroin. You don't think a gun is a valuable thing... they can trade a dope dealer for heroin," he said.

State Senator Cecil Thomas said the bike squad is critical to reducing crime.

"One of the good things about the bike control is they can be on you in a very quick short period of time. You don't hear the car coming, you don't hear all that. All you see is some cops on you and where did they come from," he said.

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