“Yeah, I love it. It’s something else to do, stay out of trouble. Why not?” Burns said.
The bicycles, 10 of them, were given to the school by Amesbury Skate and Sport on Route 110 as part of a grant, according to Maguire.
Kooken’s involvement with the school began during periodic visits as part of his regular patrols. But the more times he visited the school, the more he became emotionally invested. It got to the point where two years ago, he arranged motivational speakers.
Such an appreciation is welcome news to the Amesbury Police Department, which has seen a dramatic decrease in the number of violent incidents stemming from academy students. In September 2010, a Water Street lawyer was involved in a scuffle with as many as four students that resulted in the attorney sustaining a swollen eye and an injured finger.
Weeks earlier, an Amesbury teen was arrested for disorderly conduct after police responded to a fight in progress outside the Jade III restaurant, just a few doors away from where the attack took place.
In a police report written by officer Kevin Mulrenin regarding the incident, police received numerous complaints throughout the summer regarding disorderly behavior and criminal mischief caused by teens in Market Square. The problem became so severe that it prompted one Upper Millyard business to install video cameras.