Local nonprofit donates bicycle helmets to Mesa police
MESA, AZ — The Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona donated new helmets to the Mesa Police Department on Tuesday.
The Valley Association promotes the prevention of brain damage and raises awareness through education.
In recent years, they have donated bicycle helmets to police departments with bicycle patrol units.
“Over the past few years, maybe the decade, people are paying more attention to their brain health,” said Scott Palumbo, chairman of the group’s board of directors.
“It’s important when using any wheeled device, whether motorized or not, to have a helmet to protect your body’s most important organ, your brain,” he said.
According to the CDC, between 2009 and 2018, nearly 600,000 people went to hospital with bicycle-related traumatic brain injuries.
Mesa Police Department officials told ABC15 they appreciate the support.
According to the department, ensuring the safety of officers is a top priority.
“Obviously these guys are on the move in downtown areas, urban areas, around light rail, so any attention to safety is important,” Lt. Dominque Sterlin said.
Sterlin said officers in the bike patrol unit are “jacks of all trades.”
In addition to fighting crime, the group does a lot of community outreach and wearing a helmet can send a positive message to young cyclists.