The Motorcycle Unit is utilized as a highly visible tool to promote safe and efficient enforcement of traffic regulations and serve as a community relations tool.
The primary duties are traffic enforcement, special assignments such as VIP escorts, parades, special events and community events. Additionally, motorcycle officers can respond to dispatched patrol calls as primary officers. Escorts, parades, and traffic and crowd control associated with special events are areas that motorcycle officers handle with great efficiency.
The Unit has 2 motorcycles, 2020 BMW 1250RT-P Motorcycles and consists of 6 officers. Most officers utilize motorcycles for specialty assignments and traffic enforcement measures. Some of the officers may utilize the motorcycle during their shifts.
Training to become a motorcycle officer is comprehensive and extremely difficult. Officers in the Unit must successfully complete the Motorcycle Safety Foundation course 2-day Basic Rider course. Then the officers must pass the 80-hour Basic Police Motorcycle Operators Course.
Additionally, all motorcycle officers receive monthly training on police motorcycle related topics. This training consists of a closed course stress/obstacle course at high and low speeds, braking exercises, off-road riding, firearms training, group rides, formation riding and escort techniques. All designed to force the officer to perform at a very high level. This replicates the adverse street conditions that can cause accidents.