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48- CAPE GAZETTE, Fday: May36: Je:5:,2005 Troop 7 motorcycle unit gets under way with training By Kerry Kester Officers from the new Delaware State Police Motorcycle Unit at Troop 7 started the first level of training, May 27, at Sussex Coun- ty Airport. The new unit was im- plemented as a means for troopers to more easily and quickly move through congested traffic along the Route 1 corridor. The first part of the motorcycle training program is a four-day motorcycle prequalification course taught by Maryland State Police motorcycle specialists. Once police pass the course, they are eligible for the full police cer- tification course Maryland will of- fer in the fall. The course began with a class- room presentation that addressed techniques for lifting and pushing the motorcycles that weigh ap- proximately 800 pounds. Officers also learned nomenclature per- taining to the bikes and how to perform preventive maintenance checks, said Cpl. Scott Wilson, Maryland State Police Motorcycle Unit lead instructor. By the afternoon of the first day, officers took to the road for pre- liminary range evaluations. "We're starting the process of see- ing what their riding abilities are," said Wilson. Troop 7 Cmdr. Capt. Greg Nolt said the trainees would practice on several cone courses throughout the week. "Everything here is geared toward traffic - getting in and out of traffic," said Nolt. "This is escort work; everything is close quarters." Courses include the straight- line weave, offset weave, 360-de- gree circles, tight right and left turns and U-turns. Riders go through the courses at low speeds. "It's actually sometimes harder to do this," said Nolt in reference to the slow course. All of those in the new Troop 7 unit are experience motorcycle riders, but the style and techniques used while operating the police bikes differs from that of recre- ational riding. "They're actually looking pretty good," said Wilson. Those who pass the course will then take Maryland's 80-hour ad- vanced training course. Included in that course is expanded training for using motorcycles for emer- gency pursuits. Wilson said he does not believe any state that us- es motorcycle patrols currently re- quires the advanced certification. As a matter of practice, however, Maryland and Delaware state po- lice agencies will require it of their officers. Delaware State Police pur- chased 2003 Harley-Davidson FLHTP1 Electra Glide police models, which are expected to ar- rive in late summer. Currently, of- ricers are training on bikes Mike's Famous Harley's is lending the di- vision until the ordered vehicles arrive. Officers may have limited duties with the new motorcycles by late summer or ea/ly fall. The bikes, equipment and train- Sussex County pageant applications now available Applications for the fourth annual Sussex County Pageant will be available June 1 for girls ages 3 to 17 who reside in Sussex County. The first 12 applications received in each age division will be accepted. Applications may be picked up at Traders Jewelry & Gift Shop locat- ed at 116 Second Street in Lewes, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; GT's Hallmark Shop, located at 17 Georgetown Plaza in Georgetown, between 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sundays; and J & M Apparel, located at 159 Mitchell Street in Millsboro from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., ! Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. - Proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For more informa- tion, call 855-9595 or email sussexcountypageant@go.com. Kerry Kester photo Officers from the Delaware State Police Motorcycle Unit at Troop 7 and officers from Bethany Beach Police Department and New Castle Police Department practice new skills on the cone course at Sussex County Airport. ing is being paid for from a $100,000 federal COPS grant. Should the Troop 7 Motorcycle Unit pilot program be successful, the division will explore options for expanding it elsewhere in the state to include the entire Route 1 corridor, 1-95 and 1-495. The 2003 Harley-Davidson FLHTP1 Electra Glide police models, equipment and training is being paid for from a $100,000 federal COPS grant. UNLIMITED GENERAL CONTRACTING, INC, Specializing in CUSTOM CARPENTRY & PAINTING .B,=..L .=.=." zf1 * =,..u...... * ..=.o,= * 0==. l .]Te.s = -.T.s * .**n, * .....B I SIDINID * FILL. PHFISE OF CONSTRUCTION [ FREE LTIMRTEm iaE46 LICENSED mr INSURED I Wew assistwucrmth plans,I.. =i , obtainngl,, and obtaiD,ing bancock finrncic.ng. I Attend the Town Council meeting on Monday, June 2nd at 7:00 PM in the Fire Hall Sign the petition located on public billboards throughout the town. We need your Milton Police experiences. Please email: miltonpetition@netscape.net Together, our