We lease new Harley Davidson Road King FLHP's for use in traffic congested areas. The 2016 Police model has a 107 cu. in. engine matched to a six speed transmission. They weigh in at 800+ pounds in a ready for duty configuration. Despite their weight and size they are very maneuverable and capable of leaning over at up to 30 degrees to each side. This is particularly important to us as much of our riding is done in confined spaces and responding through bumper to bumper traffic that we see at the beach.
Officers are selected from volunteers to work on the Motorcycle Unit. Those that are selected for Motorcycle Duty must pass an intensive 40 Hour certification course. After the basic class Officers must then re-certify every year to the same standards as the basic class in order to ride for that season.
One of the certification exercises involves riding the bike through a 360 degree circle of cones. The diameter of the circle is so small that you can't walk the bike through the exercise. The bike must be ridden through at extreme lean angles which often times drag the floor boards on the pavement. Control is achieved by putting engine torque against the back brake and using your head and eyes to look where you want the bike to go.
In addition to our Motorcycles which are used to move through traffic, we also employ 4-Wheel Off Road Vehicles (ATV's). We utilize the ATV's for patrols in the soft sand on the beach. Officer's can quickly respond to, and patrol, the areas along the boardwalk right down to the waters edge. The ATV's are also used during our weekly Fireworks events to establish and maintain a safe area for the public to enjoy the display.