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Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputies Graduate from Motorcycle Training

Updated: Monday, November 25 2013, 02:56 PM EST
HAMILTON COUNTY, Ohio (WKRC) -- Hamilton County sheriff's deputies are one step closer to patrolling on motorcycles full-time. Friday was graduation day for several deputies who trained on bikes with Cincinnati and Lawrenceburg officers. Local 12's Angela Ingram shows us why deputies say a motor unit is a unique tool to help keep you safe.
Police officers and deputies say officers on motorcycles are far different than officers in squad cars.  now a whole new group is ready to hit the streets on their bikes.

Most of the officers and deputies who ride for motor units enjoy riding for fun, but trainers say riding for a motor squad is a completely different animal. "You have to ride the bikes and you have to train and it has to be continuous or you lose that edge."

So when Major Mike Horton decided the Hamilton County Sheriff's department should have full-time motorcycle units, Cincinnati and Lawrenceburg officers stepped up, putting the trainees through a vigorous program. "A very, very intense, mentally challenging, physically challenging motor class and today was the last day of that class."

Officer Chris Thomas says, "making u-turns or moving out of the way of something that fell out of the back of a pick-up truck or making stops that if traffic is stopped in front of them they would be able to stop." Officers from the University of Cincinnati and Covington also joined the class.

Trainers say what makes the Tri-State unique is that officers and deputies from multiple jurisdictions all train together, making safety a priority, "being safe and thinking of safety first before you do anything else."

Major Horton says having a full-time motor unit is huge tool, the bikes can maneuver into places that cars can't.

Now instead of just riding in parades, the deputies and bikes will be a daily presence on the streets. "It's going to have my dream come true of putting a full-time motor unit on the streets."

The major expects to have four full-time units on the streets by February. Earlier this year, Cincinnati officers took two sheriff's deputies into the city to train on their bikes. For two weeks - the deputies did some policing in the city including making traffic stops.

Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputies Graduate from Motorcycle Training

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