The Salt Lake City Police Department’s Motor Squad took top honors at the 3rd Annual Utah Highway Patrol Police Motorcycle Training and Competition, a two-day event held September 5 and 6, 2008, at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele.
The competition featured 55 riders from fourteen departments and three different states. Nine of the participants represented the Salt Lake City Police Department’s Motor Squad. The event provided an opportunity for these motor officers to gauge their skills and expertise against other agencies.
“Preparing and competing in this event is invaluable to our officers. It fosters teamwork and sharpens our riding skills,” said Sergeant Jeff Kendrick. Overall, the Salt Lake City Police Department Motor Squad’s performance was fantastic.
They demonstrated their skills with SLCPD teams taking first and second in the team ride:
1. Brandon Hansen, Robert Hawke, Jeff Kendrick, SLCPD.
2. Tyler Reinwand, Scott Smith, Lonnie Martinez, SLCPD.
3. Scott Pruden, Roger Griffis, Gary Caldwell, UHP.
The team ride required participants to run three technical cone patterns three times. Each officer had to ride all three patterns. Times were averaged to determine the final score.
SLCPD riders also finished well in the final rankings of the Harley Road King Class:
1. Brandon Hansen, SLCPD, 89.029 seconds
2. Robert Hawke, SLCPD, 90.268 seconds
3. Tyler Reinwand, SLCPD, 91.755 seconds
4. Jeff Kendrick, SLCPD, 92.032 seconds
5. Matthew Pitman, Weber Co., 92.448 seconds
6. Darren Austill, SLCPD, time unavailable
7. Jeff Loosle, SLCPD, time unavailable
8. Scott Smith, SLCPD, time unavailable
The ultimate test of skills occurred when all riders in the Harley Road King class and Electra Glide class competed against each other. The top three received plaques:
1. Brandon Hansen, SLCPD, 88.393 seconds
2. Jeff Kendrick, SLCPD, 89.600 seconds
3. Matthew Pitman, Weber Co., 89.797 seconds
The Salt Lake City Police Department is extremely proud of the motor officers and the results of their training program and work ethic. All participating agencies and officers should be proud of their skills and talent demonstrated during this event.