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USA: Yet Another Police Motorcycle Escort Crashes - Too Many?

16
October
2012
  Posted at 08:00:00 AM
  File under  Uniformed
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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It's becoming a regular occurrence, way too much IMHO. Police motorcycles in VIP escort duty crashing, often at low speeds. This time it was for the First Lady, Michelle Obama, when two police motorcycles crashed into each other Delaware County. One had stopped, the other didn't see him.

Crashed Police Escort Michelle Obama
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I realize that since the USA is a big and widespread country, police motorcycle escorts are not specially trained officers, but officers taken from their regular duty and put to work escorting VIPs. This means the cops aren't trained for this task, which is a lot different from pulling over speeders. Here in France, escort duty is performed by a specialized police unit, called the Republican Guard Open link in a new window.

So maybe the powers should start considering a special unit like this. Already they fly in protective cars and secret service agents, so why not a special motorcycle unit? Or maybe they need to local motorcycle cops not to get lost....

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Monday, September 10th, 2012 - USA: Yet Another POTUS Police Motorcycle Escort Dies

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This happens way too much in the USA. Yesterday, a police officer escorting the POTUS on his motorcycle crashed and died while doing his duty. Although this time, from the press reports, the police officer was crashed into by a pick-up truck, so there's not much you can do about that, it's still something that happens a lot in the US (see the Via: below for the source article). Far more than motorcycle escorts in Europe.

You've got to ask yourself why? Is it training? Procedures? Technique? Or simply that the law doesn't allow full control of traffic, something that cops in Europe have.....

Click on the headline to continue reading this story.......
Tuesday, August 28th, 2007 - Dangerous Job: Motorcycle Escort For George Bush

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This is the 2nd time in a year, that a motorcycle Police officer dies while riding escort for President George W. Bush.

Does this happen frequently, or is it a Bush thing?

I wonder what happened... sad!
Monday, March 10th, 2008 - Motorcycle Cop Escorting Clinton Was Not Able To Take Curve

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The motorcycle Police officer that died while escorting Hilary Clinton in Texas, crashed because he was not able to ride in a single lane, and negotiate a curve!

That implies a lack of proper training, and it's not the cop's fault, but the Police management. Training Police officers for these kind of duties is extremely important!
Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 - Yet Another Motorcycle Cop Crashes During POTUS Escort Duty

Motorcycle Cop Down During POTUS Escort 201110
Something is very wrong with this picture, and I don't mean the photo below, but if you see it, and look at the ones in the related articles, it's a very worrying trend.... motorcycle cops crashing during escort duty for the President Of The United States.

I wonder why so many crash. Is it bad training, or big demands on the job, faulty equipment, bad communication, or all of the above? Let's face it, it couldn't have been speed, since he was escorting the Presidential bus....


Via: The Columbus Dispatch



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