CMPD Adds New Crime-Fighting Tools To Vehicle Fleet

From, April 7, 2011

Dual-sport motorcycles — that ride on the streets and off-road — are the latest addition to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s vehicle fleet.

The motorcycles are nearly twice as fast as all-terrain vehicles, and they can go almost anywhere.

“If someone is running from you on foot, we can catch them a lot quicker, a lot easier with this thing,” Officer Brian Miller said.

Police said the new bikes are being paid for using money they make by seizing property from criminals. Each one costs the department about $6,000.

Knobby tires and a thin seat make the ride different from a traditional motorcycle, so each officer receives at least one week of training.

“The dual-sport allows us the flexibility to get to one point or another without loading them onto a trailer, like we currently have to with our ATVs,” said Capt. Jeff Pless.

The new motorcycles are a relief to east Charlotte resident Charles King, whose condominium was burglarized last year.

“I think it’s going to be good,” he said. “They can patrol (and) go behind buildings where a regular police car can’t.

”So far, no arrests have been made using the new motorcycles, but the program just a few weeks old.

A total of 26 motorcycles have been ordered, which is enough for each precinct to receive two. Ten are currently on the roads.

Published in: on April 7, 2011 at 5:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

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