The motorcycle unit performs traffic enforcement throughout the county. Because motorcycles are more maneuverable than police sedans, motor officers can negotiate traffic more easily and rapidly in response to car wrecks and other calls for service. Motorcycles are able to move through congested traffic or use the shoulder of the roadway to provide coverage at collision scenes, often more quickly and safely than an officer in a cruiser.
The motorcycle officers’ primary function is traffic law enforcement. Motorists will notice our motorcycles all over Douglas County but especially on major arterials, problem areas, neighborhoods, high volume traffic areas and in school zones. Our deputies are also very active apprehending aggressive drivers, DUI enforcement, and crash reconstruction. The quick acceleration and maneuverability of the motorcycle allows our deputies to stop the dangerous drivers quickly before they can cause an accident.
The DCSO maintains a fleet of Harley-Davidson enforcement motorcycles.
Motorcycle training is a very physically and mentally demanding course. The deputies must successfully complete an 80-hour training class before operating the motorcycle in an enforcement capacity. Officers learn skills in braking, turning, pursuit riding, and dignitary escort procedures. They keep their skills fresh with annual testing and periodic in-service training.