Bay police now have motorcycles at no cost to taxpayers

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - The Bay St. Louis Police Department has used cars and trucks to get around since the department was first established, but now officers have a new choice to add to the fleet: Motorcycles.

"We are going to use them right now for special events, parades, Cruisin' the Coast, Second Saturday, and eventually we will start using them for traffic enforcement in our subdivisions," Chief Mike DeNardo said.

Motorcycles have many advantages for police officers. The cycles can get through traffic and large crowds easier, use less gas, the bikes are also better for parades and funeral escorts.

Officer Duane Caughlin is working right now on a grant for radars on the bikes so they can be used for traffic enforcement, too.

The vehicles were donated by the St. Tammany Sheriff's Department in Louisiana. That department gets new bikes every few years.

"It's an end of a long period working for them," Caughlin said, "I've been working with the Sheriff of St. Tammany Parish, Jack Strain, trying to get the bikes for the past three years and we finally got them. Proud to have them."

That is not all St. Tammany has donated, the department will also allow Bay St. Louis officers who will be riding the bikes to take part in its week long certification course.

"We really appreciate it," DeNardo said. "It is something that means a lot to us."

The bikes are two years old and have only 40,000 miles on them. Brand new, the Harley Davidson bikes cost around $26,000 each, and that doesn't include the added cost of police lights.

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