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Motor Unit Timeline


This page is a timeline of the commisioning of the Departments Motor Unit. 

1904

Peoria, IL Police Department Motor Unit

1905 

Des Moines, IA Police Department Motor Unit

1907

Newark, NJ Police Department Motor Unit

1908

Detroit, MI Metroplitan Police Department Motor Unit

1909

Anaheim, CA Police Motor Unit

Pittsburgh, PA Police Department Motor Unit

Minneapolis, MN Police Department Motor Unit

Galveston, TX Police Department

Houston, TX Police Department Motor Unit

Los Angeles, CA Police Department Motor Unit

Topeka, KS Police Department Motor Unit

Dallas, TX Police Department Motor Unit

1910

Chicago, IL Police Department Motor Unit

Colorado Springs, CO Police Department Motor Unit

Spokane City, WA Police Department Motor Unit March 17, 1910

Erie, PA Police Department Motor Unit

Milwaukee, WI Police Department Motor Unit

Phoenix, A Police Department Motor Unit

Tampa, FL Police Department Motor Unit

1911

Appleton, WI Police Department Motor Unit,  Oct. 02, 1911

Connecticut State Police

New York City, NY Police Department Motor Unit June 9, 1911

Buffalo, NY Police Department Motor Unit

1912

  Boston, MA Police Department Motor Unit

Chattanooga, TN Police Department Motors Unit

Green Bay, WI Police Department Motor UNit May 17, 1912

Kansas City, KS Police Department Motor Unit

San Jose, CA Police Department Motor Unit Feb.14, 1912

Arlington, TX Police Department Motor Unit

Washington D.C. Metro Police Department Motor Unit

Kansas City, KS Police Department Motor Unit

1914

  Balitmore City, MD Police Department Motor Unit, May 29, 1914

Manchester, NH Police Department Motor Unit

1915

San Bernardino County, CA Sheriff's Office Motor Unit

Salt Lake City, UT Police Department Motor Unit

New South Wales, Austrlia Police Department Motor Unit

1916

Boise, ID Police Department Motor Unit

Washoe County, NV Sheriff's Office Motor Unit

1917

United States Park Police Motor Unit

United States Secret Service Motor Unit Feb. 1917

Tucson, AZ Police Department Motor UNit

1918

Alexandria, VA Police Department Motor Unit

Reno, NV Police Department Motor Unit

Portsmouth, VA Police Department

Hermosa Beach, CA Police Department Motor Unit

National City, CA Police Department Motor Unit

1920

Melbourne, FL Police Department Motor Unit

Pennsylvania State Police Motor Unit April 1920

  Athen-Clarke County, GA Police Department Motor Unit

Bridgeport, CT Police Department Motor Unit

Coeur D' Alene, ID Police Department Motor Unt

Virginia Beach, VA Police Department

Elmhurt, IL Police Department Motor Unit

Homewood, AL Police Department Motor Unit

Huntington, CA Police Department Motor Unit

1921

Modesto, CA Police Department Motor Unit

Cambridge, MA Police Department Motor Unit

Washington State Patrol Motor Unit Sept. 1. 1921

Orlando, FL Police Department Motor Unit

1922

Louisiana State Police Motor Unit

1923

Virginia State Police Motor Unit

Tulsa, OK Police Department Motor Unit

1925

Nassau County NY, Police Department Motor Unit

Vermont State Police Motor Unit

Malta Police Force Motor Unit

1926

Boca Raton, FL Police Department Motor Unit 

Utah State Police Motor Unit

Ocala, FL Police Department Motor Unit

1927

Orange County, FL Sheriff's Office Motor Unit

Petaluma, CA Police Department Motor Unit

Oceanside, CA Police Department Motor Unit

1928

Nampa, ID Police Department Motor Unit

Gainesville, FL Police Department Motor Unit

1929

Texas Highway Patrol Motor Unit

1930

Las Vegas, NV Police Department Motor Unit

Metropolitan Police, United Kingdom Motor Unit

South Carolina Highway Patrol Motor Unit

1931

Florida Highway Patrol Motor Unit

Missouri State Patrol Motor Unit

1932

Lafayette, CO Police Department Motor Unit

1933

Indiana State Police Motor Unit

New Mexico State Police Motor Unit

1935

Alabama Highway Patrol Motor Unit

1937

Kansas Highway Patrol Motor Unit

New Hampshire State Police Motor Unit

North Dakota Highway Patrol Motor Unit

1939

Ohio Highway Patrol Motor Unit

1940

Motorola Radio First used on Police Motorcycles

Sioux Falls, SD Police Department Motor Unit

1941

Woodland, CA Police Department Motor Unit

1942

Iceland Police Motor Unit

1947

Las Cruces, NM Police Department Motor Unit

1948

Minnesota State Patrol Motor Unit

1949

Harrisonburg, VA Police Department Motor Unit

Johnson County, KS Sheriff's Patrol Motor Unit

1952

Broward County, FL Sheriff's Office Motor Unit

City of Lausanne, Switerland Police Department Motor Unit

1953

Pima County, CA Sheriff's Office Motor Unit

1954

Myrtle Beach, SC Police Department Motor Unit

1955

Richfield, MN Police Department Motor Unit

1956

Whelen puts first emergency lights on Juliet, IL Police Department Motorcycle

1957

Wisconsin State Patrol Motor Unit

1958

Cookeville, TN Police Department Motor Unit

1960

Dane County, WI Sheriff's Office Motor Unit

Madison, NJ Police Department Motor Unit

1965

Plantation, FL Police Department Motor Unit

Englewood, CO Police Department Motor Unit

1971

Osceola County, FL Sheriff's Office Motor Unit

1975

Maryland National Park Capital Parks Police Motor Unit

1976

Sierra Vista, A Police Department Motor Unit

1977

Lebanese Police Department, Beirut, Lebanon Motor Unit

1978

Beaverton, OR Police Department Motor Unit

1979

Creve Coeur, MO Police Department Motor Unit

1980

Alachua County, FL Sheriff’s Office late 1980’s

1986

Vienna, VA Police Department Motor Unit

1987

Manteca, CA Police Department Motor Unit

1988

Hillsborough County, FL Sheriff's Office Motor Unit

1990

Flagstaff, AZ Police Department Motor Unit

1992

Portsmouth, VA Sheriff's Office Motor Unit

Praha, Czech Republic Police Department Motor Unit

1993

Ashwaubenon, WI Public Safety

1994

Daytona Beach, FL Fire Rescue Motor Unit

Palm Beach County, FL Sheriff's Office Motor Unit

Maui County, Hawaii Police Department Motor Unit

1995

Cary, NC Police Department Motor Unit

1996

Ascension Parish, TX Sheriff's Office Motor Unit

1997

Desoto County, MS Sheriff's Office Motor Unit

North Myrtle Beach SC Police Department Motor Unit

Oklahoma County, OK Sheriff's Office Motor Unit

Nantucket, MA Fire Department Rescue Unit

1999

Brillion, WI Police Department Motor Unit

University of Illinois Police Department Motor Unit

Buffalo Grove, IL Police Department Motor Unit

Pittsburgh, PA Paramedic Motor Unit

2000

Sauk County, WI Sheriff's Office Motor Unit April 2000

2001

Amherst, NH Police Department Motor Unit

Rockingham County, VA Sheriff's Office Sept. 2001

Greendale, WI Police Department Motor Unit

2002

Calvert County, MD Sheriff's Office Motor Unit

Rocklin, CA Police Department Motor Unit

2003

Cherokee County, GA Sheriff's Office Motor Unit

Collier County, FL Sheriff's Office Motor Unit

El Cerrito, CA Police Department Motor Unit

Richland County, SC Sheriff's Office Motor Unit

2004

Harker Heights, Tx Police Department Motor Unit May 24, 2004

Blount County, TN Sheriff's Office Motor Unit Oct. 2004

Milford, NH Police Department Motor Unit

2005

New Paltz, NY Police Department Motor Unit

2006

Broward County, FL Sheriff's Fire Rescue Motor Unit

Illinois State Police Motor Unit

Manlius, NY Police Department Motor Unit

Clermont, FL Police Department Motor Unit

2007

Winter Gardens, FL Police Department Motor Unit

Randolph County, NC Sheriff's Office Motor Unit

Rowlett, TX Police Department Motor Unit

2008

Brownsberg, IN Police Department May 1, 2008

Holly Springs, NC Police Department

Warren County, NY Sheriff's Office Motor Unit

Franklin, TN Police Department Motor Unit

2009

Fort Belvoir, VA Police Motor Unit

Davis County, UT Sheriff's Department Motor Unit

2010

Wood Heights, MO Police Department Motor Unit, April

Williston, FL Police Department Motor Unit

Oak Grove, KY Police Department Motor Unit May 24, 2010

2011

Hopkinsville, KY Police Department Motor Unit Nov. 2011

James City County, VA Police Department Motor Unit Oct. 2011

Kyle, TX Police Department Motor Unit

2013

Whitetown, IN Police Department Motor Unit

2014

Quapaw Trail Marshal, OK Motor Unit May 01, 2014

2015

Palm Beach County, FL School District Police Department

Beachwood, NJ Police Department

Wake Forest, NC Police Department Motor Unit

2016

Wyandotte Nation Tribal, OK Police Department

Ardmore, OK Police Department