Left and right and cruising and turning – police officers went as they dodged cones and practiced cartridges on their motorcycles.
The east parking lot of the Langley Events Center on Thursday, May 12, became a training ground for motor officers attending the North American Motor Officers Association (NAMOA) annual training conference.
Mostly organized in conjunction with US officers, the meeting for the exercise had to be restricted this year due to COVID.
With officers from the Vancouver Police Department, Victoria Police Department and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police taking part and no competition from across the border, the officers seemed to have their own friendly competition representing their respective regions.
In addition to sharing ideas to help each other improve, Sgt. North Vancouver RCMP’s Bryan Fedirchuk explained that the training sessions push the riders out of their comfort zone and improve their riding level.
“In the end they just get better and safer drivers,” he said.
Fedirchuk added that the cartridges officers create on their motorcycles are designed to challenge their skills. All participating officers have completed their basic motorcycle driver training and are operational motorcycle officers. Fedirchuk shared that while the training sessions may look easier from the outside, many find it challenging once inside.
“But all participants experience improvement in one way or another,” he added.
Fedirchuk, who has been a motorcycle cop for over 24 years, said there is always something to learn and something to pass on.
“We are all here to make ourselves better and safer drivers. When we meet and greet the public, you know you have the best rider doing enforcement in your area,” he said.
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