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MCSO reviving motorcycle unit for first time in 13 years after receiving $167K grant

Jun 15, 2022, 4:25 AM

(Facebook Screenshot/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)...

(Facebook Screenshot/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

(Facebook Screenshot/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

PHOENIX — The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is bringing back its motorcycle unit and making other improvements after receiving a $167,000 grant.

The grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety will let MCSO purchase five motorcycles.

It’ll be the first time MCSO has a motorcycle unit in 13 years, according to Sheriff Paul Penzone.

“The areas we patrol have expressed many times the concern of hazardous behavior in the roadways,” Penzone said in a press release.

“Our hope is that by bringing the motor unit back, we can focus on traffic safety through positive and specific traffic enforcement.”

The units will support DUI task forces across the Valley, as well as helping deputies with traffic collision investigations and aggressive driving enforcement.

The motorcycle unit went away in 2008 due to lack of funding and staffing.

“Although it’s been 13 years since the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office had a motorcycle unit, it is one of the most effective tools in promoting traffic safety,” Penzone said.

“Our gratitude to GOHS for their investment in our agency and our community.”

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MCSO reviving motorcycle unit for first time in 13 years after receiving $167K grant