Motorcycle Enforcement Unit
The Pima County Sheriff’s Department Motorcycle Enforcement Unit's goals are to reduce the number of deaths, injuries, and property losses resulting from motor vehicle collisions by aggressively enforcing Arizona’s motor vehicle statutes. The Unit's aggressive stance on enforcement has led to greater traffic law compliance, resulting in fewer motor vehicle collisions.
The Motorcycle Enforcement Unit utilizes the Honda ST-1300 Police motorcycle equipped with LED emergency lights, a siren, a public address system, stationary and moving radar, LIDAR, electronic citations, and emergency traffic signal pre-emption equipment. The Honda ST-1300 was chosen following an extensive selection process. The Honda was specifically designed for municipal traffic enforcement and features equipment geared towards the law enforcement environment. The advantages of operating the Honda are its wet-clutch system, water-cooled engine, and linked anti-lock braking System.
The Motorcycle Enforcement Unit has taken a lead in Southern Arizona by hosting multiple Solo Motorcycle Officer schools since 2006. To date, this training has been attended by more than forty students from eight local law enforcement agencies.
The Motorcycle Enforcement Unit consists of one sergeant and seven deputies. Each deputy assigned to the Motorcycle Enforcement Unit receives advanced training in vehicular collision investigation and DUI enforcement from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, and the Institute of Police Technology and Management. Unit members are certified by the International Association of Chiefs of Police as Drug Recognition Experts.
The Motorcycle Enforcement Unit deputies provide year-round support for each of the patrol districts of the Pima County Sheriff's Department as well as recruit-level training at the Department's Academy in traffic law, traffic stops, and traffic control.
The Pima County Sheriff's Department's Motorcycle Enforcement Unit also participates in each Southern Arizona DUI Task Force Operation and Department sobriety checkpoint operation throughout Pima County. These checkpoints are aimed at detecting and deterring impaired drivers.
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