Several police officers with the Corpus Christi Police Department received certificates after successfully completing motorcycle training courses.
It was the beginning of the month when Chief Floyd Simpson required the bike patrol division of the CCPD to add 80 hours of mandatory training. Police said the training will pay off for them in the future, because now they know their limitations on a motorcycle, making them less likely to be in a accident.
Also, they learned to become more aware of their surroundings. Police said it's something every motorcyclist should do.
"You've got to watch your surroundings," Officer Robert Cunningham said. "If you're coming up to an intersection, you have to watch that car. I didn't see the motorcycle, so you have to pay attention to your surroundings real closely, and watch everybody else."
The certification is from a nationally recognized police motorcycle training institute. Two of our own officers are currently certified as instructors, so there was no cost associated with teaching the officers.
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