August 15, 2002 at 4:51 PM EST - Updated July 12 at 4:00 AM
CLEVELAND (AP) - Foot and bicycle police patrols are being abolished in Cleveland, with officers being put back in patrol cars.
That has some neighborhood groups upset. They said that the beat cops serve as crime deterrents.
Police spokeswoman Sgt. Jacqueline Lewis said that putting the 66 officers back in patrol cars should improve response time to 911 calls.
She said another reason for ending the foot and bicycle patrols is that three-year federal grants that funded the units have run out.
Lewis said that the action does not compromise "community policing," which emphasizes contact between officers and the people they serve. She said that it would still be there through things like the DARE program.
Neighborhood activists said that they would write Mayor Jane Campbell and other politicians about their concerns.
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