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Cycle With a Cop
Local officers have created a new program that allows them to connect with the community during the pandemic.
It's called Cycle with a Cop, and it's a big hit this summer.
This is a partnership between the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, UCSB police and the St. George Youth Center in Isla Vista.
It started as "Pizza with Police" but COVID-19 hit and that was no longer safe… So they took it outside!
Now, officers ride bikes all over Goleta and Isla Vista with kids and teens. Then breakfast or lunch is provided.
Officers say it's important to bridge the gap between the community and law enforcement.
"Some of these kids come from households that may not trust law enforcement so much. When we first get going they might be a little standoffish, and not really want to talk to much," Deputy Justin Schroeder with Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department. "By the end of the ride they are telling us what they want to be when they grow up, asking about law enforcement, and it's just really cool to get to know them on a more personal level."
Cycle with a Cop happens about every two weeks. Next week the department is planning a 12-mile bike ride. There are masks and physical distancing for safety.
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