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Grapevine, Coppell police rodeo provides thrills, skills

North Richland Hills Sgt. James George and officer Eric Webster participate in the Two Man Tethered Ride during the Coppell-Grapevine Police Motorcycle Rodeo at Wagon Wheel Park in Coppell Saturday afternoon March 14, 2015. Webster and George won the event with a time of 16:29. The bikes are joined together with a one inch nylon webbing that has velcro break away. Eighty officers from across the state gathered to compete in motorcycle handling maneuvers.
North Richland Hills Sgt. James George and officer Eric Webster participate in the Two Man Tethered Ride during the Coppell-Grapevine Police Motorcycle Rodeo at Wagon Wheel Park in Coppell Saturday afternoon March 14, 2015. Webster and George won the event with a time of 16:29. The bikes are joined together with a one inch nylon webbing that has velcro break away. Eighty officers from across the state gathered to compete in motorcycle handling maneuvers. Special to the Star-Telegram

The Grapevine and Coppell police departments teamed up last week to host the Police Motorcycle Skills Competition in Coppell.

The free event was held at Wagon Wheel Park.

The motorcycle competitions included individual skill rides and team skill rides, according to Mona Burk, city of Grapevine spokeswoman.

The main competition event was held Saturday with officers practicing Thursday and Friday.

“The maneuverability of the police motorcycle on crowded streets offer advantages not provided by larger, more traditional police vehicles,” Burk said. “The motorcycle's relatively small size allows it to get to accident scenes more quickly when incidents such as traffic collisions slow down access by four-wheel vehicles.”

A silent auction and raffle items benefited several local police and fire department charities including the Grapevine Shield Foundation, Remember the Fallen Heroes, Metroplex Cops, North Texas Shield and Team Texas.

In 2009, the Coppell Police Motorcycle Unit decided that they wanted to host a rodeo while at the same time paying tribute to the ultimate sacrifices of two Coppell officers.

The 2009 rodeo hosted 25 officers and hundreds of spectators. Because of the success of the rodeo, the motor unit was encouraged to continue the tradition every year. Coppell joined forces with Grapevine and held the event last year at Grapevine Mills mall.

Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367

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