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Motorcyle rodeo shows off police riding skills in Grapevine

Star-Telegram

The Coppell-Grapevine Police Motorcycle Rodeo showed off police motorcycle skills recently at the annual competition at Grapevine Mills mall.

Police motorcycle officers from all over Texas competed in the three-day event that ended with the competition on Saturday.

There were vendors, raffles and a silent auction. Grapevine Police Department and Grapevine Fire Department vehicles and equipment were on display as well as activities for the children including coloring books, stickers and safety literature.

Grapevine Senior Officer RJ. Hudson of the Traffic Unit said their mission is to offer police motorcycle officers the opportunity to participate in a competitive training event.

All proceeds will be used to host the police motorcycle competition or directly support police and police survivor charities.

The charities that will benefit from this year’s rodeo were Metroplex C.O.P.S., Remember the Fallen Heroes, Grapevine Shield and North Texas Shield.

Grapevine Senior Officer: RJ. Hudson of the Traffic Unit said their mission is to offer police motorcycle officers the opportunity to participate in a competitive training event and to raise funds to help support various police- and fire-related charities.

Police motorcycle competitions have been around for more than 25 years, he said.

Hudson said the goal is to “build the skills and confidence of the riders while experiencing the effects of those hormones.”

“Competition in the police motorcycle rodeo setting increases the officer’s aptitude to safely perform their job in real-life conditions, such as being faced with an emergency riding situation,” Hudson said. “The human body does not distinguish between the hormones that are released during a competitive event from those that are released during an emergency riding incident.

Hudson said the goal is to “build the skills and confidence of the riders while experiencing the effects of those hormones.”

He said, “Spectators play an intricate role in this process. The presence of a crowd, cameras and video create additional stress on the officers while they attempt to perform to the best of their ability.”

Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367

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