John Horvath, Police Chief
168 Main St.
Rockport, MA 01834
For Immediate Release
Monday, Nov. 9, 2015
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Rockport Police Debut New Polaris eBike
ROCKPORT — Chief John Horvath is pleased to announce that the Rockport Police Department acquired a new Polaris eBike to expand its policing efforts in town.
Police are now riding the Rapid Response Team Safety Model, which is specifically designed for police use. It can reach up to 20 miles per hour with the assistance of a 750 watt motor. Officers Michael Anderson, William Budrow, Daniel Mahoney and Philip Wesley are certified for patrol on the eBike.
“The bike will be a valuable addition to our community policing efforts and provide our officers with an effective means to navigate the neighborhoods of Rockport while interacting with residents,” Chief Horvath said.
The department received the bike on Oct. 27, through asset forfeiture funds from Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, who is committed to furthering community policing in his cities and towns.
“This was a great opportunity to use drug money to enhance this department’s ability to patrol areas not easily accessed by a cruiser, as well as to be more accessible to the citizens they serve,” District Attorney Blodgett said.
Polaris develops and designs their eBikes using the latest green, electric power technology in conjunction with a sleek design. This allows riders to navigate narrow streets and lanes, which are often difficult for emergency vehicles and patrol cars to reach quickly. In turn, first responders expand their range and arrive faster while conserving energy.
“Polaris eBikes are proud to be supplying the Rockport Police Department with our Rapid Response Electric Bicycle to enhance their bike patrol, to assist in their community outreach initiative and numerous town events,” Polaris President Adam Rand said.