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        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 citizens.

    Please drive carefully and we hope you enjoy our web page. Thank you for your time.


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