Below is an interview with the Blue Springs Motorcycle Unit that was originally shared in the The Blue Springs Magazine.
The Blue Springs Police Department’s Operations Bureau is made up of men and women who go out into the community each day to promote a safe environment through police and community interaction. This summer, the Bureau added the new Motorcycle Unit to their Traffic Enforcement Unit as another way to enhance community connections. “If I pull up next to another motorcycle at a stoplight, they will engage us in conversation. They’ll usually complement our bikes and ask about the features on the motorcycles,” says Officer Bill Ely who works with Officer Chris Myers to make up the Motorcycle Unit. Between the two of them, they have 24 years with the department and more than 160 hours of intensive training for motorcycle officers.
The Motorcycle Unit allows officers to more easily respond to calls for service or traffic accidents where traditional marked cars are unable to gain access due to heavy traffic or crowds. “Even if people can’t move out of the way after an accident, if they can move over a little bit about three feet is all we need. A car can’t get through that but we can,” says Officer Myers. On average, the Traffic Enforcement Unit responds to over 1,000 accidents per year. The cause of those accidents are primarily violations of speed, failure to obey traffic devices, failure to yield and inattention. “We’re here to stop the people who are contributing to crashes,” says Officer Myers. “People don’t understand how much speed contributes to accidents in our City. We have responded to fatality accidents that would not have happened if people weren’t speeding.”