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NCJ Number: 250271 Find in a Library
Title: Electric Motorcycles Can Offer Advantages for Law Enforcement
Journal: TECHBeat  Dated:September 2016  Pages:13-15
Author(s): Michele Coppola
Corporate Author: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
United States of America
Date Published: September 2016
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Grant Number: 2014-IJ-CX-K014
Document: HTML|PDF
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article details how some law enforcement agencies are using cost-effective, electric powered motorcycles that can patrol areas where police cars can’t reach.
Abstract: Specifically mentioned in the article is the Santa Rosa (California) Police Department, which purchased two electric motorcycles in 2015 using grant money from the U.S. Department of Justice. The department’s Downtown Enforcement Team uses the vehicles to traverse terrain such as creek paths, parks, and railroad tracks, increasing response times to areas patrol cars cannot get to. The vehicles also allow officers to approach situations quietly, providing a tactical advantage. The vehicles use an electric motor driven by batteries that are plugged in for recharging. Other advantages of the electric vehicles include that they are exhaust free, produce minimal heat, are highly maneuverable, operate at about a penny per mile cost, and have maintenance-free powertrains. The Department spent about a year researching electric motorcycles before deciding on what type to buy to augment its existing gas-powered motorcycle fleet. The department expanded its Downtown Enforcement Team from four to six officers in July 2016, and has plans to apply for another grant to purchase two additional electric motorcycles.
Main Term(s): Law Enforcement Technology
Index Term(s): Emergency vehicles; Law Enforcement Vehicles; Motorcycles; National Institute of Justice (NIJ); NIJ grant-related documents; NIJ Resources; Police motorcycle training
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