Local Texas police deploy 'dirt bike' unit
Fort Worth police will use the bikes for search and rescue missions
By Police1 Staff
FORT WORTH, Texas — Fort Worth police have a new tool for search and rescue efforts: dirt bikes.
The bikes will be used to help officers access hard-to-reach areas, NBC DFW reported.
“These bikes will go places nobody else can go,” Officer Walter May said. “We can cover the ground so much faster than officers walking.”
The eight dual-sport motorcycles were donated to the department by the Tarrant Regional Water District to help boost local search and rescue efforts, the news station reported.
“Just recently we had someone on the trail, they had a phone, they got hurt and they didn’t know where they were and there was a lot of manpower used most of it on foot,” May said. “We could cover that ground a whole lot quicker and find them quicker.”
The motor unit officers have been training on local trails, motocross tracks and Texas Motor Speedway. Each bike comes equipped with lights and sirens.
Don’t be surprised if you see Fort Worth officers on dirt bikes. Read more --> http://on.nbcdfw.com/zkujWJqPosted by NBC DFW on Friday, April 21, 2017