Metro law enforcement officers are tuning-up their biking skills as the weather turns the corner.
They make it look so easy, gliding along with a big 900 pound Harley, in total control of the bike. But that takes skill and the officers have to be certified and recertified.
That’s what gave rise to a two-day annual recertification program that motorcycle cops in the area have to take.
Bellevue Police Sergeant Larry Lampman said, “With the weather getting better, this is when we get out just like the civilian riders over the winter you kind of lose those skills a little bit. You get rusty. So we get out here and freshen-up our skills and make sure everyone is ready for the riding season.”
Motorcycle cops can't transport suspects on their bikes but they can do other things that officers in police cruisers can’t do.
The Belleve PD’s Sean Vest said, “We're able to handle certain events like parades and other events were there’s lots of activity. Good for traffic enforcement because a lot of people aren't even looking for us out on the bike. It gives us a chance to catch the people who are violating the law.”
Officers say the two-day recertification program is vital. They work on team riding, braking and maneuvering the bike and they need to keep those skills sharp because most of them will spend their entire shift during good weather in the summer on the bike.
Police officers from Bellevue, Council Bluffs and Omaha participated in Friday’s recertification program.