CCC’s Police Department Adds a New Bike Patrol
CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College’s Chief of Police Leon Williams is adding a new component to his department’s campus patrol with the addition of patrol bikes.
Last week CCC’s Police Department was presented two bicycles, specifically designed for police work, by the Clarksdale Police Department (CPD). The heavy duty, lightweight, durable bikes, valued at about $2,000 each, were made available to CCC for just $1.
Williams, who joined the Tiger Nation last month, had outlined adding a bike unit to CCC’s police force coming into the position. He credits a partnership with CPD and the City of Clarksdale for helping him implement the new unit so quickly.
“I’m so thankful to (Clarksdale Police) Chief Whit Read and for the support of Mayor (Bill) Luckett and the Board,” said Williams, who believes the bike unit will bring the college several benefits, including increased police presence and interaction with students, faculty and staff.
“The bikes will give officers the ability to get in closer where vehicles can’t and the opportunity to step outside of the bubble of their cars and mingle with the students,” said Williams. “We want them to know that we’re not just about writing tickets.”
Williams said the department is currently in the process of purchasing safety helmets and uniforms and putting together a procedure manual for officers who’ll be manning the bikes. Once the new bike unit is in place, Williams foresees it leading the departments’ enforcement of traffic and parking regulations.
“I’m trying to get it set up to where all of the ticket writing will be given to the bike patrol, so our officers in the patrol cars can focus more aggressively on patrolling the campus and security,” said Williams. “They’re doing that already, but these bikes will help us achieve that even more. …I’m just excited about it.”
Williams said the bikes will be seen rolling around campus by next month.
“We have events coming up, football games, and with these bikes we’ll be able to get in there close and help bridge the communication gap between our department and the students,” Williams said. “The officers seem to be excited about this change. Once we get these bikes up and rolling, I think you’ll really see a difference.”