Bikes among best tools

PRESS PHOTO BY DANA GRUBB Backed by Bethlehem’s Bike Unit, Mayor Bob Donchez and Police Chief Mark DiLuzio accepted a check in the amount of $2,500 from former Police Chief Jason Schiffer, courtesy of the law firm Cohen, Feeley, Altemose and Rambo, where he is now an attorney. DiLuzio said the donation will outfit 8 or 9 bike patrol officers with summer and winter uniforms.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 by DANA GRUBB Special to the Bethlehem Press 

Retired Bethlehem Police Chief Jason Schiffer returned to City Hall bearing a gift Aug. 31 as he delivered a $2,500 check to Mayor Bob Donchez and current Police Chief Mark DiLuzio for use by the department’s bike patrol unit.

Schiffer, who helped found the unit and a nationally credited bike officer, delivered the check on behalf of the law firm Cohen Feeley, Altemose and Rambo where he is now an attorney.

Donchez touted the public-private partnership in public safety, and DiLuzio said the contribution would be used to outfit up to nine officers in the bike unit and purchase bicycle supplies.

Schiffer said that when he assisted at a recent bike clinic sponsored by the city’s bike unit, he realized that they could use some funding assistance.

“The bike unit is one of the best tools for developing relationships within the community,” Schiffer said.

According to DiLuzio, the police department currently has 17 functioning bikes and 50 officers certified to use them. The bike unit is used at events, to combat street crime, patrol public housing sectors and on general patrol duties in the city.