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Casper Police to donate bicycles to community

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Published: Oct. 14, 2021 at 4:55 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Release) - Casper Police are donating recovered bicycles to the community.

Lost, stolen, seized and otherwise recovered bicycles in Casper often times fall into the hands of the Casper Police Department. After making multiple efforts over several months to find the rightful owners, the Department has the ability to request legal ownership of the bicycles and donate the bikes back to the community.

There are about fifty bicycles available for donation this year. The current application period opens today and will close on October 27, 2021. A department committee will review the applications and select the organizations to receive the bicycles at the beginning of November.

“For the last several years this annual donation effort has been a great partnership between the Department and non-profit organizations within the community,” said Casper Police Department Public Information Officer Rebekah Ladd. “This year, we’re excited to open up applications to everyone, including individual citizens, to help get these bicycles directly into the hands of those that both need, and want them.”

The used bicycles will be donated in an “as is” condition and may require some maintenance before they are ready to hit the street.

When bicycles are logged into evidence at the Casper Police Department, property and evidence technicians cross-reference them against bikes that have been reported stolen in the area. If there is a match, the Department reunites the bike with the rightful owner. If not, additional efforts are made to find the owner of the bike. If there is no report of a stolen bike, or no serial number available, it is increasingly more difficult to find the owner of the bicycle. After a period of time, the department can request legal ownership of the bicycle and has the ability to sell or donate the property.

Interested individuals and organizations can fill out the application online by visiting casperpolice.org/bikedonation. The application deadline is October 27, 2021.

Over the last several years, organizations including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming, Wyoming Department of Family Services Child Protective Services Casper Housing Authority, Wyoming Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 6, Pop in the Shop, Brain Injury Alliance of Wyoming, Christmas in Wyoming, Natrona County High School and the Calvary Baptist Church have received bicycles.

The Casper Police Department is dedicated to protecting and serving our community. We are proud to be able to give back in any way we can.

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