MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Moss Point Police have some new wheels to help control traffic and combat crime, and the shiny new police rides have folks in the community talking.
"I think it is good to have motorcycles because motorcycles can sit out and catch people," a citizen said about the bikes. "We need this in the community because this may actually help cut down on some crime."
Police officer Scott Renfro said he also loves the motorcycles. In fact, he's the first officer to patrol the streets on the new vehicles.
"These help because they are more agile, we can turn around quicker than most patrol cars, plus a lot of people are not looking for motorcycles," said Renfro.
Moss Point Police had a functioning motorcycle unit before Hurricane Katrina hit, but Renfro said the storm damaged the bikes and the unit was shut down. Now, the motor division has been resurrected.
"They are part of the new Moss Point's plan on slowing down traffic and helping make the streets safer."
He said the fast motorcycles have also really helped catch those speeding around town. In the past two weeks, Renfro said he's stopped more than 50 people.
"We get several complaints on speeders in the neighborhoods, school zones and along the main highways, and by the time they see me, I am already about to pull them over."
Currently, the police department has two bikes, but police said more will be added to the fleet as money and manpower increase.
"My understanding is they are looking for a four man traffic unit," Renfro said.
Renfro said police have to continue updating their fleet to help protect and patrol Moss Point and keep violators guessing.
"They go out and spend their money on faster cars, more tools, and more guns," Renfro said. "So everything that we can get to help us in making the streets safer and the community safer is better all the way around."
The motorcycles will also be used to help during funerals, festivals, and big events in Moss Point.