Bellevue Police Officer Chad Cummings collected three titles at a regional riding competition in Kennewick last week. Bellevue’s motorcycle squad had an excellent showing overall at the 2007 North American Motor Officers Association Symposium.
The NAMOA symposium is primarily an opportunity for motorcycle officers to network and train, and the competition is informal, but the skill of Bellevue’s team pays off day to day. The statistics confirm that motorcycle officers reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities on the city’s streets.
The Motor Unit will demonstrate its skills locally at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, May 17, at the Bellevue Public Safety Training Center during quarterly qualifications, with media invited.
Motorcycle officers have the most physically demanding full-time assignment in the Department. Intense training emphasizes slow-speed handling of 650 pounds worth of motorcycle, mainly by balancing the clutch and throttle. Bellevue Police motorcycle officers conduct traffic enforcement year round, unless icy roads prevent safe operation.
At the May 9-12 symposium, more than 165 motorcycle units attended from cities and state patrols in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, British Columbia and Alberta. Separate competitions took place for the four main brands of motorcycles used by law enforcement: BMW, Harley Davidson, Honda and Kawasaki. Bellevue is changing from BMWs to Hondas.
After earning the top score for Honda riders, Officer Cummings participated in a ride-off against the top riders of the other three brands. He completed a clean run and edged out a Vancouver, B.C., motorcycle officer for the overall title. In addition to being top Honda and overall rider, Officer Cummings took second place in the “slow race.”
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