November 9, 2005: Police Department Begins Using Donated Motorcycle
The police department has already begun using its new motorcycle unit. According to Officer Pete Tiernan, the donated vehicle made it's first appearance at the Halloween Parade and has since been successfully used for stealthy traffic enforcement.
Tiernan requested the motorcycle at a council meeting this spring, but borough residents Robert and Nancy Verkerk wanted to step up the process and opted to make a full donation to the department. Members of the police department and the Verkerks recently traveled to New Hampshire's Seacoast Harley-Davidson to bring the new vehicle back to the borough.
Tiernan did not waste a moment in putting the motorcycle to work, fulfilling his hope of having the new vehicle in operation in October. He reported that he is now waiting to have an oxygen bottled installed.
Late August, Tiernan successfully completed the Maryland State Police Force's motorcycle training course. The course which is held twice a year at the Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute in Mahwah is known for being very demanding, and has a high drop out rate. Tiernan was the first Ho-Ho-Kus officer to take the course. The next session will be offered in the spring.
The course is offered to police officers who already hold motorcycle licenses. Officers Edward Freeman, Michael Tuttle, Jaime Bodart, and Matthew Muenzen would also be eligible for the course.
When he petitioned the council for a motorcycle for the department, Tiernan stated that the motorcycle could be used effectively for traffic enforcement, since it can be equipped with a radar gun, but cannot be easily seen by motorists. A motorcycle can also be used to ride in tight spots and in traffic jams. Last week, he confirmed that he has successfully used the new vehilce to enforce the borough's traffic regulations.