Soon the two newest additions to the Webster Parish Sheriff's Office fleet will hit the streets.
The police-packaged Harley-Davidson motorcycles have been retooled with new decals and are presently being equipped with communications equipment. The bikes will possibly hit the streets at the beginning of the month of June.
According to Sheriff Gary Sexton, he acquired the motorcycles after he came across a great deal completing a promise he made to his deputies.
"The guys have always been telling me that they would love to have a couple of motorcycles in the department and I have been promising and promising," Sexton said. "I came across an extremely good deal on these bikes and acquired them from the Bossier sheriff's office."
Sexton plans to use the motorcycles as public relations (PR) tools for special events such as funerals or parades but they will also be used in parish areas where speeding or other traffic violations have been seen as a problem.
"We plan to use them, and they will be equipped with radar, where we've got complaints about people driving fast and cutting up on parish roads," Sexton said.
"They are less conspicuous than a big unit is, so we can get in problem areas and try to solve some (problems)," he continued. "We are not out there to write tickets but we are just out there to keep the parish safe."
According to Sexton, in addition to PR, the motorcycles will be beneficial to the department because they get good gas mileage.
In situations like a funeral where two or three units would normally be sent, the motorcycles will be utilized instead.
"You can send a couple of motorcycles and they can sit there all day," Sexton said.
Although there are several deputies who hope to get assigned to them, Sexton said for now he plans to put the motorcycles on the lot where they will be available to anyone in the department with motorcycle endorsements.
"Right now I'm just going to get a feel of who actually really wants the bikes and will take good care of them," Sexton said. "But if you don't have a motorcycle endorsement, I'm not going to put you on a bike. I want experienced riders on the bikes."