Motorcycle Officers ride the Honda ST1300A police motorcycle.
The primary duties of the Motorcycle Unit are traffic complaint enforcement, traffic control and enforcement, accident reduction enforcement, escorts, and special event traffic control. Additionally, motorcycle officers respond to dispatched patrol calls Because of their mobility, motorcycle officers are frequently the first units to respond to bank alarms, robberies, fires, and other calls for service. Escorts, parades, and traffic and crowd control associated with special events are areas that motorcycle officers handle with great efficiency.
Motorcycle officers are permanently assigned their own motorcycle and store the motorcycle at home. Motorcycle officers are operational from the moment they leave their place of residence. This has proven invaluable
When weather is such that motorcycle operations are unsafe or imprudent, due to snow or icy conditions, motorcycle officers utilize their assigned patrol vehicle.
MOTORCYCLE OFFICER TRAINING
Training to become a police motorcycle officer is comprehensive and extremely difficult. Officers in the Motorcycle Unit must successfully complete the Unit's eighty hour Basic Police Motorcycle Operators Course.
This training consists of a closed course stress/obstacle course at high and low speeds, braking exercises, and a cross country course all 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.
Honda ST1300 A Police Motorcycle
Escorting Toledo's Veterans Day Parade.