California Motor Officers Show Off their Skills, Raise Money for Fallen Officers

Motorcycles have been a part of American law enforcement for more than 100 years. And today, motor officers remain an extremely proud, skilled and generous group, as evidenced by a recent motorcycle rodeo in California.

On October 7, 400 officers from 56 agencies competed in the Orange County Traffic Officer’s Associaton’s 37th Annual Motor Rodeo “Top Gun of Traffic Officers” contest. Eight cone courses resembling real-life scenarios tested officers’ skills and abilities. Officers were automaticly disqualified for placing a foot down while riding or for knocking over a single cone. Deputy Brian Cline of the Riverside Sheriff Department was this year’s “Top Gun of Traffic Officers.”

The annual event raisies money for officers injured or killed in the line of duty. The proceeds from this year are going to two critically injured police officers and their families in Orange County. In addition, the Orange County Traffic Officer’s Association was able to donate $20,000 to the Oakland Police Association for the children of the four Oakland Police officers killed on March 21, 2009: Sergeants Mark Dunakin, Ervin Romans and Daniel Sakai, and Officer John Hege.

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