A group of 12 motorcycle officers from various agencies around the region conducted training on The Loop last week.
The video above was shot by a Tucson Velo reader who encountered the motorcycles on Tuesday, Oct. 15.
Ryan Roher a Pima County Sheriff’s Deputy and liaison to the Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee wrote via email that the group was part of training program.
We participate in a regional motor academy which includes Oro Valley, Marana, and the Sheriff’s Department, Roher wrote. “Each day of the road portion of the academy includes road courses and some off the road courses to familiarize officer’s with areas that they might not have been on previously. The loop and other river trails are helpful to learn about as motors can quickly access these areas in the event of a search for suspects and missing persons.
The reader, who goes by the name Straw in the comment section, said he’s seen smaller groups of officers on the Loop before.
Tucson Police Department Sergeant David Fernandez said TPD officers were not participating this particular ride, but have conducted training on the path before.
“The purpose is to educate the officers where the paths lead and how the motorcycle performs in different areas,” Fernandez wrote. “TPD conducts this training with due regard to the safety of pedestrians and cyclist.”
Roher said the officers are instructed to slow down and make sure path users are aware of their presence.
“There have been several chases where they have come in handy,” he wrote “We can’t fit our patrol cars on the path and the motors can get to these areas quickly.”