Ocean State Job Lot donates 14 electric bikes to New Shoreham Police Deptartment
Ocean State Job Lot (OSJL), the region’s premier privately-held discount retail chain with 146 stores throughout the Northeast, recently donated 14 electric bicycles valued at $1,300 each to the New Shoreham Police Department to assist in the Community Service Officer (CSO) policing internship program during Block Island’s heavily-trafficked summer season. OSJL will provide more than 20 additional electric bikes to the Narragansett Police Department and Jamestown Police Department in the coming weeks.
In 2021, the New Shoreham Police Department launched the CSO policing internship program for college students enrolled in criminal justice programs. Eight applicants were accepted into the 14-week program and are spending the summer on Block Island supporting the New Shoreham Police Department. The program is designed to provide an immersive policing experience for the CSOs while providing needed support for the New Shoreham Police Department during the busy summer season.
“We appreciate Ocean State Job Lot’s support for our community policing program. This very kind donation gives our CSOs the ability to patrol a wider area so they can better support our sworn officers,” said Matthew C. Moynihan, Chief of the New Shoreham Police Department. “The CSO program has been a real force multiplier for us this year as we work to keep Block Island safe for residents and visitors alike.”
The GenZe E2222B electric bikes are currently sold through Ocean State Job Lot’s Ship to Store program. They are made in the U.S. and feature an 18-inch step-thru aluminum frame, 350-watt rear hub motor with pedal assist, 90mm drum brakes, a Shimano 8-speed derailleur, and microshift thumb shifter. The commercial-grade electric bikes were delivered fully assembled, tested, and with a 42-volt charger.
“Thank you to Ocean State Job Lot for their generous contribution to our Community Service Officer (CSO) program,” said Maryanne Crawford, Town Manager for New Shoreham. “We’re enjoying a busy summer here and having the CSOs has been an important part of our public safety efforts.”
In recent months, OSJL has also donated more than $15 million dollars in critical PPE supplies to more than 145 police and fire departments, school systems, hospitals and other healthcare facilities across the Northeast.
“Ocean State Job Lot is deeply committed to assisting our local communities in a variety of ways,” said David Sarlitto, Executive Director, Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation. “We appreciate our first responders and hope the electric bicycles will assist in their community safety programs and will also cut down on the number of vehicles on the roadways in theseusy summer tourism destinations.”