As early as 1908,
Police Motorcycles have been used in Traffic Law Enforcement.
Motorcycle Units hold a unique position within the Police
Department. Police motorcycles have many functions including traffic
enforcement, patrol duties, escorts, public relations and parades.
The Summerville Police Department has been utilizing motorcycles
since 1997 in each of these areas.
Motorcycles are highly
maneuverable and their high acceleration response capabilities make
them excellent tools for traffic law enforcement in any congested
area. One great advantage possessed by Police Motor Units is the
ability to access areas a standard patrol car can not go. A Motor
Unitís ability to maneuver through traffic jams allows them to
respond to traffic collisions much faster than traditional squad
cars. This allows for assistance and aid to be provided to the
public sooner and for the roadway to be cleared faster. The
enforcement capabilities of motor units are another advantage. For
example, once a vehicle is detected on radar, a properly trained
motor officer can turn the motorcycle around within a lane and a
half (18 ft.) in order to stop the violator. This capability allows
the motor unit to carry out his duties with less hindrance to
traffic. Police Motorcycles are excellent for conducting police
escorts. In addition to looking extremely professional, the motor
unitís size can be used as an advantage if passing maneuvers are
necessary. Police Motorcycles are excellent for public relations.
Summerville Police Motor Units are invited regularly to schools and
special events such as Law Enforcement day at the mall or one of the
many local parades to be displayed for children and guests who are
always fascinated by the motorcycles. Our motor units are also
regularly called upon to participate in Motorcades for dignitaries
who visit the Lowcountry such as the President and Vice-President.
We are extremely proud to
have such highly skilled and professional Motor Officers here at the
Summerville Police Department. These officers are very dedicated and
train rigorously to provide efficient police services to our
Please drive carefully and we hope you enjoy our web page. Thank you
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