It was good news to learn last week that Rome Police Department’s snowmobile patrol, supervised by Sgt. Jason W. Fairbrother, is monitoring the safety of our trails for the locals and visitors who enjoy this popular winter sport.
The unit patrols roughly 20 to 25 miles of trails in both the inner and outer districts. There are nine members in total, including the two newest, and they ride a 2009 Polaris and a 2018 Polaris. Other members are officers George W. Gebo III, Ryan P. Crever, James T. Bristol, Mark A. Fanfarillo, Lt. Mark A. Glasso and Capt. Cheyenne Schoff, plus two new members, patrolmen Nicolaus J. Schreppel and Jarrod J. Stanek. Schreppel and Stanek were scheduled to leave for Old Forge on Feb. 1 to attend a week-long training session to become state certified riders. The course is hosted by the state Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
Police spokesperson Lt. Sharon Rood noted that “the trails that run through the city run as far north as Canada” so in case of emergencies on those trails, with riders from all over the Northeast, Rome is equipped to ride out to even hard to reach areas.
Some of the patrol’s main concerns are keeping drivers on the trails, some of which cut through private property; as well as such violations of failure to register, operating wile intoxicated and loud exhausts.
With the help of snowmobile clubs — including West Rome Riders and the Trailbusters Snowmobile Club— that maintain trails, the riding public can count on the city patrol to assure a safe and fun winter ahead.