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Hendersonville Police Go ‘Hog Wild’

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports motor officers can target aggressive driving better than their colleagues in patrol cars because of their mobility. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports motor officers can target aggressive driving better than their colleagues in patrol cars because of their mobility.
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. -

Drivers, beware -- the men in blue are rolling out new and improved.

Thursday was the end of a grueling 80-hour, two-week motor officer school taught by Lt. Mike Vesely, with the Hendersonville Police Department.

Vesely is the county’s first and only certified instructor. He earned his right to teach after successfully passing a three-week academy at Northwestern University last summer.

“They enter the gate, turn the motorcycle around in an 18-foot circle and exit the gate without putting a foot down, dropping a motor or hitting a cone,” Vesely said.

He is referring to one of the nine obstacles that officers must go through, if they want to patrol the roadways from a seat of a motorcycle.

The courses are designed to replicate what officers might soon encounter.

“The motorcycle is more demanding mentally and physically than riding in a vehicle,” says Sgt. Jimmy Case who will soon become one of the newest members on Hendersonville Police Department’s motorcycle unit.

Maneuvering a 1,100-pound bike is a skill that requires practice. After officers complete their initial training, they are required to practice what they learned at least once a month, Vesely says.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports motor officers can target aggressive driving better than their colleagues in patrol cars because of their mobility.

Officers on two-wheels instead of four can also increase response times to accidents and improve community relations.

Vesely says officers will take their final exams Friday and will go on practicum ride next week. If all goes well, Hendersonville Police will soon have two more officers in its motorcycle unit. Columbus Police Department will add one.

Hosting the course in-house saved the city and taxpayers about $8,000, Vesely says.

The officers will also be trained to become BikeSafe assessors.

BikeSafe is offered to motorcyclists wanting to improve their driving skills. The next BikeSafe course will be held in Hendersonville on April 9. To sign up or learn more about BikeSafe-NC, click here.

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