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Bridgeport Police Department's Motor Cycle Program

The Bridgeport Police Motor Program was implemented in February of 2002, when two new Harley Davidson Electra-Glide motorcycles were delivered to the Police Department from Valley Harley, Belmont Ohio. Although most of 2002 was used as a training year the bikes proved a capable and worthy asset to the department with traffic related issues as well as being an outstanding public relations tool.

Approximately 8 months prior to the bikes arrival Chief Jack Clayton gave Officer Mark Norman the green light to research a motor program for the Police Dept. During the research Officer Norman was given information about a plan that Harley Davidson was offering wherein the Police Dept. could acquire the motorcycles for one dollar each. Overhead consisted primarily of one time expenses and with the dollar lease it made the deal most acceptable.

Chief Clayton realized the need for training and requested the assisstance of retired California Highway Patrolman Mike Peterson. Peterson a resident of Bridgeport, generously donated his time to train the new motor officers to the same standards as the California Highway Patrol. The Officers put in over 80 hours of closed course safety training and highway patrol tactics and must recertify every year.

Many businesses in the Bridgeport area including the local VFW helped to reduce the expenses by offering financial donations. The City of Bridgeport has offered a tremendous show of support and the Bridgeport Motor Program appears as though it is here to stay. The Motors offer a unique approach to traffic problems and with the quick response time along with the bikes agile profile we hope to make the city streets and highways a safer place to drive. If you have any questions concerning our Motorcycle program, please feel free to contact Mark Norman at 842-8200, ext. 411 email him at mnorman@bridgeportwv.com.

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