A brand new fleet of modern black electrical bikes is making its debut with the Narragansett Police Division this summer season, due to Ocean State Job Lot.
The North Kingstown-based enterprise, with a retailer in Wakefield, has given 12 of the brand new GenZe E222B electrical bikes to the division in order that officers can use them on patrol throughout the heat months, when tourism and summer season renters swell the city’s inhabitants of 16,000.
The dozen bikes carry a price ticket of $1,300 every, making the brand new present to the division value greater than $15,000.
“The Narragansett Police Division at all times appreciates Ocean State Job Lot’s continued help of native regulation enforcement,” Narragansett Police Division Captain Kyle Rekas stated. “These bikes are an incredible neighborhood policing software and will probably be utilized by our cops and neighborhood service officers across the Pier space to work together with the general public.”
Job Lot is making the donations to space departments in an effort to extend security patrols in Narragansett and different common Rhode Island vacationer locations.
The retailer, which has 146 shops in New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, not too long ago donated 14 electrical bicycles to the New Shoreham Police Division on Block Island, and can donate bikes to the Jamestown Police Division within the coming weeks.
“Ocean State Job Lot is deeply dedicated to helping our native communities in a wide range of methods,” Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Basis Government Director David Sarlitto stated. “We admire our first responders and hope the electrical bicycles will help of their neighborhood security applications and also will minimize down on the variety of autos on the roadways in these busy summer season tourism locations.”
Rekas stated the bicycles will probably be very helpful to officers on patrol on the Pier and different areas.
“They permit officers to get locations that patrol vehicles can’t and will probably be very helpful at a few of our crowded summer season occasions such because the Narragansett Lions Blessing of the Fleet Street Race and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Live performance on the Seashore,” he stated.
The GenZe E222B electrical bikes are offered by way of Ocean State Job Lot’s Ship to Retailer program. Made in the US, they characteristic an 18-inch step-through aluminum body, a 350-watt rear hub motor with pedal help, 90 millimeter drum brakes, a Shimano eight-speed derailleur and microshift thumb shifter. The commercial-grade electrical bikes have been delivered totally assembled, and have been examined with a 42-volt charger.
The donation comes at an opportune time. Final month, Narragansett Chief of Police Sean Corrigan offered a plan that requires elevated patrols of Narragansett’s seashore and pier areas this summer season. A part of the elevated patrols additionally contains using an ATV.
The Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Basis has an extended historical past of philanthropic management, supporting quite a few causes, together with feeding the hungry, serving to the homeless, helping veterans and navy households, aiding animal rescue, caring for kids, advancing healthcare, supporting the humanities and selling studying. In the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, it distributed $15 million in PPE to highschool programs, hospitals and different healthcare services, and police and hearth departments throughout New England and the Northeast.