Ohio State University Police Using Motorcycles To Patrol Campus


UPDATED: Friday February 8, 2013 5:07 PM

Ohio State University Police have a new tool to fight crime, and it’s a throw-back to an earlier time.
 
Officer Doug Cunningham grew up riding a motorcycle, and now he’ll be doing it around campus.
 
Cunningham has finished a two week training program by the Columbus Division of Police to become the first OSU motorcycle patrol since the 1960s.
 
Police said there are advantages to having two wheels instead of four.
 
“You can slice between lanes of traffic to get to emergency response, whether it's a traffic crash, or we deal with a lot of medical runs here,” Cunningham said.
 
The department will also save money on fuel. They believe the motorcycle will also help with public relations.
 
“Every time I’m stopped, either in traffic, people will nod or wave or comment,” said Cunningham.
 
Three Harley-Davidsons were given to campus police by the Department of Public Safety when the state highway patrol got a new fleet.
 
CrimeTracker 10 contacted some other police departments around the state and found a few other two-wheel campus patrols.
 
The departments said they are learning just how handy it can be to come through places such as pedestrian walkways on a motorcycle.
 
“Being on this, I'll be able to go, pretty much wherever I need to, whether it's sidewalks or bike trails or through the streets,” Cunningham said.
 
There is one drawback on the new patrol, weather prevents year-round riding.
 
Cunningham believes the good far outweighs the bad.
 
“It makes the rough days at work a little more enjoyable,” he added.
 
Cunningham is the only trained rider, but the plan is to have three.

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