The Fort Smith Police Department will have three motorcycles patrolling the city’s streets starting Monday.
Officials with the Fort Smith Police Department will activate the department’s motor unit, which contains three motorcycles and trained officers, this week. The activation was celebrated through a formal ceremony at noon Saturday at Central Mall that showed the public the motorcycles and the three officers who will be using them.
The motor unit has not served in Fort Smith since 2001, according to a Tuesday news release from the Police Department.
“We are enhancing our service delivery,” Fort Smith Police Chief Nathaniel Clark said at the ceremony.
Officials in the Police Department have utilized three officers within the force — officers Brandon Djordjevic and Robert Moudy and Cpl. Kyle Story — as motor unit officers. The three officers completed 80 hours of training from Northwestern University and Harley Davidson that included slow speed maneuvering, machine nomenclature, braking, control, curve negotiation, defensive driving techniques, law enforcement techniques and motorcycle maintenance, the release states.
Djordjevic, Moudy and Story will conduct motor vehicle accident investigation, traffic enforcement and other special assignments from three Harley Davidson Electra Glides, the release states.
“These motorcycles are going to be used on a daily basis not to generate revenue, but for the enforcement and protection of society,” Fort Smith Police Chief Nathaniel Clark said at Saturday’s ceremony.
Clark said that re-activating the Police Department’s motor unit was one of his goals for 2018. He said the motorcycles “have numerous advantages that the average patrol car doesn’t” at Saturday’s ceremony.
Old Fort Harley Davidson co-owner Ryan Bailey said “the tactical advantage of having a motor unit was realized very quickly” after the company began providing motorcycles to law enforcement agencies in 1908.
“If you see somebody run a red light and you’re in a car, it’s hard to move that car and get turned around in traffic,” he said Jan. 3. “That motorcycle can turn around almost on the spin of a dime.”
In light of Saturday’s ceremony, Clark called Saturday “a historic day” for the city of Fort Smith.
“This day is not about us. This day is about you, our biggest asset — the citizens of Fort Smith,” Clark said.
Clark also said that the three officers in the motor unit are “eager to serve” Fort Smith’s citizens.
“You can be rest assured that we will serve daily with pride, dignity, honor and respect,” Clark said.