Orlando Police Department

OPD bike unit is back on patrol in Parramore after hiatus

For years, loiterers have caused problems outside Michael Araria's liquor store in Parramore.

He'd call Orlando police and an officer would come to shoo away the troublemakers. But, he said, they would just return a few minutes later after the cops left. They'd often fight or vandalize property, prompting more calls to police.

On a recent evening, the sidewalk in front of the store was empty. Araria, owner of Mike's Liquor Store on Parramore Avenue, credits the Orlando police Parramore bike unit for clearing the area.

"As a business owner it's a good thing," said Araria, 44. "Now people won't be bothered when they are coming inside."