Muskogee police clean up popular bike path with community volunteers

The Muskogee Police Department’s Bike Patrol unit spent Thursday night cleaning up a popular bike path that runs through town.

They said they want to show the community that they care about their city.

“We’re shooting limbs, picking up trash that’s been dumped in the area,” Officer Lynn Hamlin said.

For Constable Hamlin and other members of the Muskogee Police Department’s Bike Patrol unit, it was about leading by example.

“It kind of shows them at an early age that it’s important to get out into the community and be helpful and just do things that are good,” Officer Hamlin said.

Six officers and community volunteers came to Centennial Trail to clean up.

Officer Hamlin said he wanted the seven-and-a-half-mile trail to be a safer and more orderly area for all to enjoy, as many people use it for walking and biking.

A trailer picked up all the branches and trash. Just a few miles from the cleanup, the Groove Riders, a group of cyclists, cleaned up another section of the trail.

Vicki Herringshaw said it was a track the band used all the time and they just wanted to do their part.

“We can ride without the danger of being on the streets for traffic and we can have a safe, smooth place to ride,” Herringshaw said.

The Muskogee Police Department said it plans to do more community outreach like this. To stay up to date, click here.

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