An Upper West Side police officer has been making Rex Banner look like Chief Wiggum: Over the last three years, Officer Joshua Vincek has been waging a one-man war on cyclists on the UWS, handing out more tickets to cyclists than any other officer in the neighborhood. He's responsible for issuing about 2.5% of the NYPD's 51,841 tickets to cyclists during that period throughout the city! Did someone drop a bicycle on his head as a child or something?

DNAInfo got the stats on Vincek: he has issued 1,249 tickets to cyclists between Jan. 1, 2012, and Feb. 26, 2015, about 300 more than the next highest cop's amount during that period. Vincek, who is an 11-year veteran of the 20th Precinct, is tasked with addressing quality-of-life issues.

Riding his NYPD-issue scooter, Vincek is apparently a Boy Scout In Blue according to fawning locals: "He is great. He takes the concerns of the community as serious as a detective would with a homicide," Joseph Bolanos, the president of the West 76th Street Park Block Association, told the Post. Bolanos is apparently the Ned Flanders to Vincek's Rev. Lovejoy, often calling Vincek directly to deal with community issues.

"There is nothing too small to him because he knows that some things have to be answered and some problems need enforcement because they can lead to bigger things," Bolanos added to the Post. "If you have someone biking the wrong way, unless they are stopped or given a warning, they are going to keep doing it."

While it's certainly a net-positive that the scourge of wrong-way biking is being stamped out by the boot-heel of community policing, there's something a little strange about Vincek's zealousness at targeting cyclists rather than motorists, who have been responsible for a lot more deaths and injuries in the neighborhood. "Josh makes sure that these [cyclists] do the right thing," Bolanos said. "To put it conversely, if he works an eight-hour shift and gives out not one summons, he wouldn't feel like he was working."

Last year, cops in the area started cracking down on bicycling violations exponentially, with tickets going up 123% in one month alone. While cyclists who flout traffic laws pose a legitimate danger to pedestrians (and themselves), it ignores the fact that speeding and reckless driving have resulted in several actual deaths. While locals are still up-in-arms about community "issues" like Citi Bike placements, there are people speeding along West End Avenue regularly.

Adoring profiles and incredibly specific cyclist-centric hard-on aside, Vincek does seem to be doing a good job of reaching out to the community to address their needs (even if their needs don't always match the reality of crime stats in the neighborhood—like the sharp rise in assaults over the last year). “If he’s not on call, he’ll stop, he’ll talk to you," Bolanos said, "Of course if something happens he’ll be there, but he prioritizes the smaller issues that the community experiences more than large crimes...To some people it’s just a job, but to [Vincek] it’s caring. He just cares."