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Police Motorcycle Operator Training

For almost two decades, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Inc. and the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety have worked in partnership to present the nation's premier training programs for police motorcyclists.

Focusing on various practical exercises that stress low-speed maneuverability, evasion techniques and high-speed braking skills, Police Motorcycle Operator Training students spend a large portion of the course in the saddle. Students practice practical exercises and receive riding instruction supplemented with classroom instruction and demonstrations of tactical techniques.

Students are tested on course exercises as well as in a multiple choice written format. Students must successfully complete the testing process to complete this course. Absence from training may result in termination from the class. Final determination is at the discretion of NUCPS Staff.

Course Content

  • Machine nomenclature
  • Braking, counter-steering and evasive maneuvers
  • Slow maneuvering
  • Control
  • Braking
  • Curve negotiation
  • Defensive driving and riding techniques
  • Vehicle stops and tactical techniques

Motorcycles Provided
In addition to our experienced instructional staff and recently revised curriculum, our program is unique in that Harley-Davidson's Police and Fleet Sales Division provides a fleet of ABS equipped FLHP Road King motorcycles which allow students to train in basic skills applicable to law enforcement motorcycling.

Course Materials
Students must bring the following to class:

  • A full motorcycle endorsement from student’s state of residence. Instructional permits or any other type of temporary or provisional permits will not be accepted.
    • Note: NUCPS and Harley-Davidson Motor Company are not responsible for travel expenses incurred for students found not to be in compliance with this requirement on the first day of class.
  • Eyewear (wrap-around lenses recommended)
  • Full-fingered gloves
  • Above the ankle lace up boots
  • DOT or SNELL certified helmet ("3/4 Shell" recommended)
  • Leather or Kevlar jacket (optional)

With the exception of dangerous conditions, students will ride rain or shine. Rain gear is highly recommended. Jeans/BDU pants or equivalent and appropriate t-shirts (no potentially offensive slogans or graphics, please) are typically worn during training.

Additional Information
After registering for the course participants will receive training site information, recommended lodging and additional information.

Who Should Attend
This two-week intensive course is designed for the new or current police motorcycle officer or fire department medical response personnel seeking to hone his/her skills and enhance safety on the road.

Training is skills-based and physically demanding.

It is recommended that operator course participants have prior motorcycling experience and have completed a basic skills test (Motorcycle Safety Foundation courses, etc.).

Both the Operator and Instructor courses are restricted to law enforcement or emergency medical response personnel only.

Note: Until further notice this course is restricted to U.S. Law Enforcement Officers only.


Status Registration Not Available
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Session Fall 2014 
Category Police Training 
Days M Tu W Th F  
Dates 10/20/14 - 10/31/14  
Times 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM 
Format Classroom 

Alternate Schedule

Agency Contact
Sergeant Casey Bokavich
Redding Police Department Traffic Unit

Red Lion Hotel Redding
1830 Hilltop Drive
Redding, California 96002

Rooms are available at the discounted rate of $89.99. This rate is based on availability and is not guaranteed. The group rate may no longer be available after September 12, 2014.

To book a room, call 1-800-RED-LION and request the Northwestern University Motorcycle Training rate or visit and enter NWUN1012 in the Group Code field.

Location Redding, CA | Redding Drag Strip 


$ 1,495 Fee(s)

$ 1,495 Total Fees