Launch of off-road bike squad to get into the heart of communities
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As part of his commitment to tackle the issues that matter most to our communities, Chief Constable Nick Adderley has this week launched eight new off-road motorcycles.
The eight Yamaha WR 450Fs are the fastest and most agile large capacity enduro bike ever produced by Yamaha and will provide Northamptonshire Police with more of an opportunity than ever to tackle the issues that matter most to the residents we serve.
With 20 officers trained to ride the motorcycles and anti-social behaviour identified as one of the Force’s top priorities, the new bikes will enable neighbourhood policing officers and rural crime team officers to get right into the heart of their communities without the barriers that have previously existed.
They will also be used as part of Op Neutrino – the Force’s response to motorcycle nuisance and the anti-social behaviour it causes, as well as assisting officers with apprehending suspects and searches for missing and vulnerable people.
Chief Constable Nick Adderley, said: “These off-road motorcycles are high-powered machines and have been invested in so we can match, horsepower for horsepower, some of the bikes and vehicles we are seeing being used in anti-social behaviour across the county.
“You’ve got to give the officers the right kit and the right training to deal with the changing nature of anti-social behaviour and these bikes do exactly that. For too long, the blight of people riding off-road motorcycles and vehicles with impunity across our towns has put our communities in fear – not anymore.
“These bikes will also be key in finding missing people who have gone off-road and, coupled with our drone capability, I am sure that we will be able to find vulnerable people faster than ever and get them the support they need.”