CARBONDALE – The police department is initiating bicycle patrols thanks to the generosity of an area business.

Carbondale – which received two bicycles - was one of several law enforcement agencies in Lackawanna County to receive the bikes from Toyota of Scranton.

Chief Brian Bognatz said the bikes will allow for more “community policing,” in which officers are more visible, accessible and approachable.

In statement, the chief said:

“...recognizing that police rarely can solve public safety alone, and encourages interactive partnerships with citizens of our community,” he said.

He added that the range of potential partners is large and can be used to accomplish two interrelated goals.

The goals include “developing solutions to problems through collaborative problem solving while simultaneously improving public trust.”

The chief also states the public should play an active role in prioritizing and addressing public safety problems.

Those who live, work and have an interest in the community are “a valuable resource for identifying community concerns,” added the chief.

Bognatz offered a sincere thank you to Greg Gagorik of Toyota of Scranton “for his generous donation of our two, top of the line fully-equipped patrol bicycles.

“They will be put to good use.”

The bicycling patrols fit perfectly with the department's continued effort to keep in touch with the community, the chief said.

Other agencies to receive the bikes were the county sheriff's office and Archbald, Blakely, Old Forge and Taylor police departments.