The Milford NH Police Departments Motorcycle Unit was officially started in 2004 with the purchase of the town’s first Harley Davidson motorcycle. The motorcycle was a 2003 Harley Davidson Electra Glide and was purchased utilizing a traffic enforcement grant. The motorcycle was equipped with emergency lights, siren, specialized communication equipment, RADAR, and is clearly marked with the Department’s seal and police markings.
In 2007 the Milford Police Department began leasing a second Harley Davidson Police Motorcycle. Every year this leased motorcycle is turned back in for a newer model. All Milford Motor Officers have completed an intensive Police Motorcycle Operator’s course.
The Milford Police Department believes strongly in focusing on community policing which is important in combating crime and improving the quality of life for the citizens of Milford . The motorcycle unit allows officers to patrol neighborhoods in order to focus on traffic enforcement and motor vehicle complaints. The motorcycles are well adapted for traffic enforcement in that they are able to monitor traffic by being less obvious in certain areas and not disrupting the flow of traffic. The motorcycles can be used for traffic enforcement at high accident locations, school zones, neighborhoods, parks, and complaint areas.
In certain circumstances motorcycles have advantages over police cruisers in that the motorcycles can maneuver through stopped traffic and are able to reach an emergency in a safe and efficient manner. The motorcycles are able to patrol areas that cruisers are unable to. The motorcycles are also used for special events such as escorts, funerals, festivals, and parades.