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Bloomington Police Increase Patrols On B-Line Trail

Bloomington police say the move is in response to recently reported incidents.

b-line trail with bicyclist and walkers

Photo: Bill Shaw/WTIU News

Bloomington residents walk along the B-line trail that runs through the city's downtown.

The Bloomington Police Department is increasing patrols on the B-Line trail following a pair of armed robberies that occurred on the path late last month.

BPD spokesman Captain Joe Qualters says the new safety plan includes increasing the number of officers keeping an eye on the trail.

“It’s our hope that simply by being visible and by being present that that in itself will act as a deterrent,” he says. “Secondly, would be that in the event that there is something happens on the trail we would have additional officers that would be hopefully  closer to be able to address and it and perhaps catch those responsible.”

Qualters says the officers will not be pulled from other patrolling areas in order to police the B-Line.

Police will be patrolling both day and night on foot, on bicycles and in all-terrain vehicle.

Even with the increased safety measures, Qualters is encouraging residents to take their own precautions as well. The BPD recommends avoiding deserted parts of the trail at night and reporting any suspicious activity to the police.

“We want people to continue using the trail, but more importantly, we want to use it and feel safe while doing so.”

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