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MOTORS Advisory Group
Motor Officer Training and Operations Review for Safety

July 26, 2012Subscribe to Emails

Since 2000, nationwide, at total of 85 motor officers have suffered fatal on-duty collisions. Although the aggregate total is low when compared to line-of-duty deaths as a result of vehicle collisions, the per capita rate is remarkably high when measured against the number of officers assigned to motors.  And this does not include the significant number of motor officers who endure serious, often career-ending, injuries.  

In response, the SAFE Driving Campaign recently established a MOTORS Advisory Group.  The group’s mandate is the advancement of preferred policy, training practices, and safety equipment to reduce fatal and serious injury traffic collisions involving law enforcement motorcycles.

The MOTORS Advisory Group held its first meeting this July in Sacramento. Participants consisted of Motor Unit managers, supervisors, and lead trainers from various police departments, including the Cities of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, El Cerrito and Davis; sheriff’s departments, including the Counties of Alameda and San Bernardino; the California Highway Patrol and California Office of Traffic Safety.

The participants worked to define the scope and characteristics of concerns specifically pertaining to law enforcement motorcycles. They identified both the common primary and secondary causal factors for collisions involving motor officers. Potential countermeasures were reviewed and in-depth discussions were held on the following topics:

  • Initial and Basic Motors Training
  • In-Service Training
  • Training Exercises
  • General Motorcycle Operation
  • Equipment and Uniforms
  • Fatigue
  • Distraction
  • Escort Operations

The MOTORS Advisory Group will be meeting on a routine basis.

Wear your seatbelt, watch your speed, and practice SAFE driving!

The SAFE Driving Campaign is a POST initiative focused on reducing fatal and serious injury law enforcement traffic collisions nationwide.  For further information regarding the SAFE Driving Campaign, visit the SAFE Driving Campaign on the POST Website or contact:

Robert "R.C." Smith, POST Senior Consultant
Training Program Services Bureau
(916) 227-3902

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