September 20, 2013
A handful of area police officers endured bumps and bruises over the course of an intensive two-week motorcycle training, and they graduated from the program on Friday.
The graduation means the police officers will soon be revving up their engines headed toward a neighborhood near you.
"We have to do some very challenging courses," Charlottesville Police officer Jeff Sandridge said. "It's the hardest training I've ever had. and I've been through many trainings."
Three Charlottesville Police officers and another from Albemarle County graduated from the course.
"It's been tough," Charlottesville Police officer Gabriele Mosley said. "It's one of the toughest schools I've been to. It gives you insight into how you can really respect riding at that kind of level."
The two-week training included practical experience like maneuvering around cones or taking the bikes off-road. In Charlottesville, the payoff will be an extra set of wheels on the streets.
"Every one of us has a section we're assigned to be a face for that area," Sandridge said.
Each officer will be devoted to one of three sections of the city. It's a form of geographic-based policing like Albemarle County has recently undertaken.
"I've had many parents come with their children," Sandridge said. "They like that we're out there enforcing the speed limit."
Officers with Albemarle County Police led the training. Chief Steve Sellers spoke at the graduation ceremony, saying motorcycle riding in law enforcement is the most dangerous job an officer can have.
"The reason to have this training is to make us proficient and take our level of skills up to the next level," Mosley said. "Just letting people know that we're out here and just trying to help and make sure everyone drives safe."
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