Casper Police are donating recovered bicycles to local organizations.
Lost, stolen, seized and otherwise recovered bicycles in Casper oftentimes fall into the hands of the Casper Police Department. After making multiple efforts to find the rightful owners over a period of time, the department has the ability to donate the bikes back to the community.
There are about fifty bicycles available for donation. The current application period will close on November 1st, 2019. A department committee will review the applications and select the organizations to receive the bicycles by mid-November.
“The goal is to get these bikes to new owners by Christmas,” said Casper Police Department Public Information Officer Rebekah Ladd. “We’re really excited to help the bikes find new life and purpose by serving some deserving members of our Casper community.”
These 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 taken 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’s 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 who the bike belongs to.
Interested organizations can fill out the application online by visiting casperpolice.org/bikedonation.
The Casper Police Department last held a bike donation event in 2017. The following organizations received bicycles: 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 and Calvary Baptist Church.
The Casper Police Department is dedicated to the protection and safety of our community through the highest standards of professionalism in police services. We are proud to give back to our community in this way.