the first time in more than a decade, Palestine Police Department will have
motorcycles in its fleet of vehicles, moving the department closer to its
ultimate goal of becoming a more “modern future-focused” police department.
PPD purchased two Harley-Davidson
motorcycles from the Lancaster Police Department for a total of $14,000, Chief
Andy Harvey said. PPD is using money from the seizure funds to purchase the
motorcycles, leaving the city free of all cost, he said.
“I think they [motorcycles] are practical
and it also shows our commitment to be a modern and future focused police
department,” Harvey said. “It makes us more diverse as far as our capabilities
Last month, the department used the
seizure funds to purchase a $27,128 drone.
Harvey said the motorcycles will be
used for traffic enforcement, parades, special events and other activities.
The two used motorcycles should
arrive in the three weeks after maintenance and repairs are done. Harvey said
that two PPD patrol officers will go through a two-week training course
starting next week to become certified operators.
Mayor Steve Presley said the
motorcycles will make the community safer and supports the police department
decision to make the acquisition.
“Motorcycles stand out more and they
would help out with traffic enforcement,” Presley said. “It's a responsible way
to use the funds and keep our citizens safe.”