The Matteson Police Department owns two specially equipped Harley Davidson motorcycles. The Unit is staffed by several highly trained officers. These officers are required to attend a 10 day (80 Hour) Police Motorcycle Operator Training course, taught by Northwestern University Center for Public Safety.
The training focuses on various practical exercises that stress low-speed maneuverability, evasion techniques and high-speed braking skills. Police Motorcycle Operator Training students spend a large portion of the course in the saddle. Students practice practical exercises and receive riding instruction supplemented with classroom instruction and demonstrations of tactical techniques.
Students are tested on course exercises, as well as in a multiple choice written format. Students must successfully complete the testing process to complete this course. Only those officers possessing a valid motorcycle endorsement on their driver\'s licenses are eligible to attend this training.
The Matteson Police Department motorcycles are used for general patrol, traffic enforcement, parades, escorts, traffic & crowd control, and other special duties. Motorcycle officers respond to dispatched patrol calls the same as an officer in a squad car. Due to the size and maneuverability of the motorcycle, the motorcycle officer can often times arrive on calls quicker than standard patrol cars.
The motorcycle unit has been proven to be a valuable asset to the Patrol Division, as a high visibility, high impact enforcement tool. The motorcycle unit has proven itself to be an ambassador for positive public relations.