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MPD ups patrols on greenline, urges people to be aware of surroundings

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MPD wants people to remember that they should still be aware while they bike, run, and walk the greenline. MPD wants people to remember that they should still be aware while they bike, run, and walk the greenline.
Cyclists and runners are packing the Shelby Farms Greenline, even more so now that spring is in full swing. But with that comes more safety concerns for people using the route. Cyclists and runners are packing the Shelby Farms Greenline, even more so now that spring is in full swing. But with that comes more safety concerns for people using the route.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - Cyclists and runners are packing the Shelby Farms Greenline, even more so now that spring is in full swing. But with that comes more safety concerns for people using the route.

Memphis Police Department is stepping up bike patrols this week. They say doing so will put more eyes and ears on the greenline, which they hope will keep other riders safe. All three full time bike officers are responsible for keeping you safe on the greenline.

Even with the extra patrols, MPD wants people to remember that they should still be aware while they bike, run, and walk the greenline. They hope to eventually add a fourth officer.

"I believe that the Tillman end is just as safe as the Shelby Farms end, " said officer Brian Beasley, who has been riding this area for two years now.

Every day he encounters riders like Tommy Smith.

"I had reservations about getting on the greenline, because I was unfamiliar with the area, but when I saw the police presence ... Eased my anxiety a lot," said Smith.

But Smith says there is a sense of responsibility among riders, runners and walkers on the trail.

"You train always to be aware of your surrounds, look for anything that seems out of the ordinary for something that should be on a walking or biking trail," he said.

Meantime officers will be on the lookout, as springtime weather brings more people to the greenline.

"You have a place where you can go and have an escape in the inner city. And we provide security for that and we want to make sure everyone is safe," said Beasley.

Keep in mind there are seven real time crime cameras, three full time officers, and a squad car patrolling the busy parts of the line. MPD reminds every to be safe, wear a helmet, bring your cell phone, and call to report anything suspicious.

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