The Lawrenceburg Motor Unit was established in December 2006 with the lease of two 2007 Harley Davidson Electric Glide Police Motors. The motor unit is still growing today and now has a 2011 Harley Davidson Electric Glide Police Motor. The Motor Unit is a specialized traffic enforcement tool designed to be highly visible, and mobile to decrease the number of traffic collisions.
The Lawrenceburg Motor Officer’s, Assitant Chief Mike Lanning and Sgt. Ken Losekamp spent two weeks in London, Ohio at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy receiving training to ride the motors. Both officers spent more than eighty hours in the saddle during the course. The riding course is specific to the motor officer and involves several different areas the officer may come across during his duties.
The Motor Unit conducts numerous types of escorts and ceremonial parade details. Officers have escorted details in Ohio, Indiana, and Washington DC during National Police Week. To date the LPD Motor Unit has driven more than 1,500 miles of escorts and spent more than 160 hours in the saddle.
The Motor Unit was established after the loss of one of our own. Detective Sergeant Thomas Cochran was injured in the line of duty on Jan 25, 2005 and died from his injuries the next day. During the funeral ceremony locally and the placement of Detective Cochran’s name on the wall in Washington DC, attending officers were extremely impressed with the escorting motors. A short time after returning, the unit was established to give back to other law enforcement agencies and their families who have someone that paid ultimate sacrifice.
The LPD Motor Unit is a proud member of a small family of officers who strap their helmets on everyday to serve and protect. The history of the motor officer dates back to 1908 in Detroit, Michigan. The Detroit Police Department started the tradition of the motor officer with the help of the Harley Davidson Motor Company. Since that time the tradition of the motor officer has grown and the rest, as they say, is “history.”