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Police Motor Units
The History of Motorcycle Law Enforcement

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Bowling Green Police Department

The Bowling Green Police Department Motorcycle Unit, known as “motors,” was reinstated in 2004 in a partnership between the Bowling Green Police Department and Harley-Davidson of Bowling Green. The founder of Harley-Davidson of Bowling Green, the late Cornelius Martin, entered into a lease agreement with the City of Bowling Green to provide four Harley-Davidson police motorcycles to the City for $1 per year.

Each officer selected for the unit must attend a rigorous two-week training program sponsored by Harley-Davidson and Northwestern University. In addition to traffic enforcement, the motors are useful working special details. The motors can often go places that cars cannot. The motors are always a big hit with the public when they appear in parades and charity events.






Information and Photos provided by The Public Information Office of The Bowling Green, KY Police Department