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Officer Theo Chalogianis shows off one of two police motorcycles added to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) safety and security fleet. In addition to Chalogianis, officers selected for the motor unit are Brent Carriveau, Garry Veld and Akin Bryant. Carriveau and Chalogianis are U-M graduates. The officers have completed 80 hours of specialized motorcycle training with the Wayne County Sheriff's Police Motorcycle Course.

"The establishment of the motor unit program will expand our mobile patrol capabilities, especially during times of heavy traffic on and around campus. It will help reduce our motorized patrol costs, particularly due to the higher fuel mileage and lower vehicle costs. And it provides another specialty opportunity for increased training of our officers, thus providing enhanced skills and knowledge in our delivery of safety and security services to the University," says William Bess, director of DPS. The new patrol vehicles hit the streets April 1.

The motorcycles, valued at about $15,000, were leased through a special program Harley-Davidson offers to police agencies. Complete with additional police equipment, each of the units was leased for $350 during the first year.

"The motorcycles will allow our police officers greater access to controlled spaces on our campus, such as malls and plazas, when responding to emergencies," says Capt. Joe Piersante, commander of DPS police services. "They especially will be helpful when working with large crowds, such as football games and special events, as well as enhance our services when providing dignitary protection." (Photo by Marcia Ledford, U-M Photo Services)

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