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Motorcycles are highly maneuverable and their high acceleration response capabilities make them excellent tools for traffic law enforcement in any congested area. One great advantage possessed by Police Motor Units is the ability to access areas a standard patrol car cannot go. A Motor Unit’s ability to maneuver through traffic jams allows them to respond to traffic collisions much faster than traditional patrol cars. This allows for assistance and aid to be provided to the public sooner and for the roadway to be cleared faster.
The enforcement capabilities of motor units are another advantage. For example, once a vehicle is detected on radar, a properly trained motor officer can turn the motorcycle around within a lane and a half (18 ft.) in order to stop the violator. This capability allows the motor unit to carry out his duties with less hindrance to traffic.
Police Motorcycles are excellent for conducting police escorts. In addition to looking extremely professional, the motor unit’s size can be used as an advantage if passing maneuvers are necessary. Police Motorcycles are excellent for public relations. Alexandria Police Motor Units are invited regularly to schools and special events such as Law Enforcement day at the mall or one of the many local parades to be displayed for children and guests who are always fascinated by the motorcycles.
We are extremely proud to have such highly skilled and professional Motor Officers here at the Alexandria Police Department. These officers are very dedicated and train rigorously to provide efficient police services to our citizens.
Training to become a police motorcycle officer is comprehensive and extremely difficult. Officers in the Motorcycle Unit must successfully complete the departments forty hour Basic Police Motorcycle Operators Course. This training consists of a closed course stress/obstacle course at high and low speeds and braking exercises. The course is designed to force the officer to perform at a level that nearly exceeds their ability. This replicates the frequent split second situations and adverse street conditions that can cause accidents.