Rhinelander kids on bikes could be surprised with a sweet treat if they are wearing bicycle helmets. Since last week officers on patrol have been looking for kids wearing the safety helmets as part of the "Safety Is Sweet" initiative.
Police Chief Michael Steffes says this is the second year the department has had the campaign...
"....it's very important to us that all kids wear the bike safety helmet as it's the main way of keeping their heads safe while out and about on their bicycles...."
A law enforcement memorial was dedicated Wednesday(5/14) at the Rhinelander Police Department, specifically remembering the life of fallen Rhinelander police Sergeant Stephen Martin.
Sergeant Martin was a veteran member of city police. He was also a sergeant in the 330th Military Police Detachment of the Army Reserve.. On June, 24, 2004, Martin and others stopped a suicide bomber trying to destroy a police training facility. Martin was critically injured and died a week later.
The Rhinelander Police Department is holding a training about law enforcement for citizens. The Police Academy takes place one night a week for eight weeks. Police chief Mike Steffes says the goal is to get more people thinking like police officers.
“It’s through programs like this where citizens can really get involved in the police department and really know and understand what police officers are doing, and see life through the eyes of a police officer.”
Steffes says it also helps community members feel more comfortable with police.