Mendota Police Dept. gets new electric patrol bike

First State Bank donated funds to the Mendota Police Department to allow it to purchase an Electric Patrol Bike. Admiring the new wheels, left to right, are Jan Phalen of First State Bank, Chief Greg Kellen, Michelle Knowlton of First State Bank and Evan Wixom of First State Bank. (Reporter photo)

MENDOTA – First State Bank recently donated the funds for the Mendota Police Department to purchase a new EE 750 Electric Patrol Bike.

The new patrol bike is designed for heavy duty, rugged police patrol use and will be utilized for such events as the Sweet Corn Festival, summer patrols, 4th of July celebration, Halloween, and many other periods in between. In addition to peddling, the bike can also be operated with electric power.

Police Chief Greg Kellen said the new bike will ready for service by the Mendota 4th of July fireworks celebration on June 29.

“The Mendota Police Department is extremely appreciative of First State Bank for its donation of this bicycle to the department,” said Kellen. “The bicycle is a tremendous addition to our fleet of patrol units and is just another tool we can use to help keep the citizens of Mendota safe.”

First State Bank was contacted by Bill Eichengreen from Enabled Enterprises, a disabled veteran founded business located in Highland Park, in regard to the company’s corporate sponsorship program. Local businesses, merchants, banks or service organizations are approached with an opportunity to donate the Electric Patrol Bike to the local police department. The donor purchases the bike from Enabled Enterprises and gets recognition in the form of a decal on the bike acknowledging the donation in addition to the goodwill of the community.

The bicycle is equipped with a 750-watt motor that will allow officers to travel as fast as 25 mph at full power or they can pedal the seven-speed bike with a motor assist or pedal with no assist like a regular bike. Also, the bike is equipped with all-terrain fat tires along with traditional police lights and siren.

Chief Kellen said a second bicycle will be added to the Mendota Police Department in the near future.

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