A police motorcycle
is a motorcycle
used by various police
forces and departments. They may be custom designed to meet the requirements unique of a particular use. A police motorcycle is often called a "motor" by police officers
in the United States. Similarly, motorcycle units
are known as "motor units
" and motorcycle officers are known as motor officers.
The maneuverability of the motorcycle on crowded streets offer advantages not provided by larger, more traditional police vehicles. The motorcycle's relatively small size allows it to get to accident scenes more quickly when incidents such as traffic collisions slow down access by four-wheel vehicles.
Police officers have used motorcycles—primarily for the enforcement of traffic laws and as escort vehicles—since the early 20th century.Chief August Vollmer
of the Berkeley Police Department
is credited with organizing the first official police motorcycle patrol in the United States in 1911.However, several police forces around the country reported using motorcycles as patrol vehicles earlier. Harley-Davidson
credits Detroit, Michigan
as being the first purchaser of police motorcycles in 1908.The police department in Evanston
also purchased a belt-driven motorcycle for its first motorcycle police officer in 1908,<ref name="Evanston Police Department... Read More