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Albany police rev up motorcycle unit

Albany police are bringing back an old way to patrol the streets. / Mary Green

Albany police are bringing back an old way to patrol the streets.

APD's motorcycle unit just returned last week, the first time the department said it's been in place since the 1990s.

It is made up of two officers who are experienced motorcycle riders, but they also had to go through extra training for the assignment, including a three-day course in Tifton and a 40-hour training session in Forsyth.

The motorcycle unit will be doing the same work as the traffic unit, but the officers said they like how the motorcycles are easier to maneuver through traffic than cars. Cpl. Terry Brown said it also gives them a different vantage point on the road.

"I've actually ridden past people, and they didn't know I was beside them, and they were on their phone," he said. "I could tell exactly what they were texting on their phone. I pulled up beside one lady, and she was on her GPS, and I could tell exactly where she was going."

APD is leasing out the two 2018 Harley Davidson Electra Glides for about $40,000.

Chief Michael Persley said they plan to expand the unit in the future.

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