Since the Detroit Police Department received the first 4 Harley-Davidson police motorcycles in 1908, motor units have expanded all throughout the United States and around the world.
Mostly known for traffic enforcement, motor units are also used for other patrol enforcement and traffic control duties, such as parades, large motorcycle ride escorts, presidential and dignitary escorts, funeral processions, and traffic cone obstacle course competitions. Motor cops are highly trained to safely hurdle obstacles in the road way, stop and turn on a dime, and conduct safe braking techniques at high speeds, and that’s just to name a few.
Motor units mostly consist of Harley Davidson Electra-Glides (FLHTP) and Road King (FLHP), however, some departments ride other motorcycles, like the BMW R1200RT and the Yamaha FJR1300. Then there are other departments, such as the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, who operate a couple 1300cc Suzuki Hayabusas in their motorcycle fleet.
The passion motor cops have for their departments, their motorcycles, and their safe riding style is evident anytime you see them on the road. They add an extraordinarily high level of professionalism and class to any detail they are involved with.
If you’re planning on having a large motorcycle run for charity, a poker run, or any other reason, please consider using police motor units to guide your ride. These officers are extremely skilled in evaluating the routes, communicating with law enforcement in other jurisdictions, shutting down roadways, and keeping your ride safe and organized. You can request a police escort by contacting the Sheriff, Commissioner, or Chief of the Police Department in the area of your event and formally requesting the escort in writing. You should provide them with as much information about the ride as possible and give them ample notice to allow them time to make the necessary arrangements to cover your event. Most times, event organizers will know the details of their event months in advance so, requesting the police escort during the early stages of planning, may give you a better chance that your request will be granted.