Ten-One Community Edition October 04

Investigations, training and remembrance
Value of motorcycle patrolling recognised

Motorcycle training is ready to roll at The Royal New Zealand Police College (RNZPC) under the expert tutelage of Sergeant Wayne Christie, the recently-appointed Road Policing Trainer: Motorcycles.

Wayne Christie

THE ESTABLISHMENT of a motorcycle trainer at the College is part of additional resources provided by the Government through the Road Safety to 2010 strategy, says National Manager: Training and Professional Development Superintendent Alastair (Olly) Beckett.

“ The role recognises the value of patrolling with police motorcycles, especially in urban areas, and the need to develop staff with motorcycle skills.”

Wayne has nearly 30 years experience with the Ministry of Transport and police. Before his transfer to the RNZPC he was OC Marlborough Highway Patrol.

His appointment coincides with the replacement of 21 existing motorcycles in police districts with the new BMW 1150RT.

The new BMW motorcycles have been designed and equipped specifically for law enforcement agencies and are used worldwide.

A series of 10 two-day crossover training courses for the 28 existing staff using police motorcycles will begin in mid-October.

“ The crossover training will focus on the characteristics unique to the new BMW such as ABS braking and the new suspension system. It will also address hazard detection and avoidance,” says Olly.

The new BMW motorcycles will be in use in districts from late October.
From 2005 the Training Service Centre will deliver two-week introductory courses at the RNZPC for police staff wishing to become qualified as road policing motorcycle officers.

These courses will use the new BMW motorcycles along with Honda XR250s, which are used to develop riding skills through off-road training.


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