Motorcycle Operations and Training
Resources for Law Enforcement
The California Commission on POST is committed to the safety of law enforcement motorcycle personnel and their agencies. The following suggested guidelines and resources, developed and suggested by the Motor Officers Training and Operational Review for Safety (MOTORS) Advisory Group of the SAFE Driving Campaign, can support and inform many aspects of motorcycle operations and training, with the primary goal of reducing the number of law enforcement motorcycle operators killed and injured in traffic collisions nationwide.
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Planning and Instituting a Motorcycle Patrol Unit
- Keeping Motor Cops Safe with a Break-in Program - Dave Kinaan
- A Veteran Motor Officer's Guide to Traffic Court Testimony - Jason Hoshouer
- The World Wide Association of Motor Officers (WWAMO) maintains a library of current articles for its members. Members also have access to news, events, merchandise, and web links to information that is pertinent to law enforcement riding.
Police Vehicle Evaluation Model Year 2015 The Michigan State Police, in conjunction with the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) publishes yearly guides based on their product evaluations of police vehicles, including motorcycles. The 2015 guide includes models from BMW, Harley Davidson, Motto Guzzi, and Spyder. The evaluations cover motorcycle descriptions and pictures, dynamics, acceleration and top speeds, and brake testing.
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POST Certified Law Enforcement Motorcycle Courses
Individual law enforcement agencies and regional training centers offer a variety of POST certified law enforcement motorcycle training courses throughout the year. Visit the POST Course Catalog to locate a nearby course. Once a course is selected, contact the course provider for any additional resources or information needed to assist the trainee prior to or after course completion.
To be a safe and proficient law enforcement motorcycle operator requires regular training and skills maintenance. Some agencies and motorcycle personnel participate in law enforcement competitions to help keep their skills honed. If interested in obtaining exemplar courses or attending such events, Setcom provides information for law enforcement Motorcycle Course Designs and Police Motorcycle Events.
New Training Technology
SKIDCAR introduced new vehicle technology in the form of a SKIDBIKE at the 2016 International Driver and Rider Training Symposium. The SKIDBIKE is a training platform for new and experienced motorcycle riders. It allows riders to develop new skills without the fear of falling or the danger of injury resulting from a fall. Read more at Motorcycle.com.
Uniforms and Equipment
Law enforcement motorcycle operators are exposed to road, traffic, and engine noise, sirens, and radio transmissions, sometimes simultaneously. There are products available that can help with hearing protection without eliminating the ability to hear. One such product is Hocks Noise Breaker, a custom molded earpiece that can be worn by individuals operating law enforcement motorcycle personnel.
The Snell Memorial Foundation, a non-profit organization, is dedicated exclusively to head protection, including helmet testing, standards development, and public education. Snell puts helmets through a battery of destructive tests to ensure they protect the head from direct impact with surfaces or objects that might be encountered in a motorcycling accident. A helmet meeting the standards will bear the Snell certification. Read more about the certification program, watch their educational videos, or take a guided tour at the North Highlands, CA facility.