The Post Falls Police Department unveiled new motorcycles this season, replacing the 2001 models currently on the street.
The Motor Division was added to the police department in 1996. At that time two 1989 Kawasaki KZ1000s were utilized by the department's two motor officers. The 1989 models were then replaced in 2001 with new Kawasaki KZ1000s. Starting this summer officers began patrolling the city streets on two new 2010 Kawasaki Concours 14s. These specialized police motorcycles are new to the Kawasaki line and were purchased through BMS Motorsports in Post Falls. They feature Advanced Traction Control, high performance ABS braking systems, retractable windshields that can be adjusted to officer preference, and increased payload capacity to handle added equipment. Both new motorcycles have been equipped with E-Cite capability, C19 “Toughbook” computers in the trunks, and blue tooth printers. It is the first time these motorcycles have been equipped with these specific features. Several area agencies have shown interest in replicating these motorcycles for their own use.
These two new motorcycles will run April to October putting on about 5000 miles a year. Their expected longevity is 10 years. Capt. Knight, who oversees the department's Patrol Division, says that the primary goal of the Motor Division, and the utilization of these new motorcycles, is to reduce traffic accidents and their impact on the community.