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Blount County Sheriff upgrades to the new 2018 BMW RT-P motorcycles

Updated September 18, 2018

As per a statement given by Marian O’Briant, the spokeswoman for Blount County Sheriff’s office, she revealed that deputies in the Blount County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit have received an upgraded ride following the trade of Harley motorcycles for BMW’s.

Back in June, six new BMW police motorcycles were delivered to the Sheriff’s Office following the purchase from Alcoa Good Times on Topside Road for a price of $24,932 per motorcycle.

The unit replaces their previously used Harley-Davidson police motorcycles with the newly purchased 2018 BMW R1200 RT-P motorcycles. According to Marian O’Briant, the cost of the new BMW motorcycles was offset by the $60,000 the BCSO recouped selling the older motorcycles.

Through an email statement O’Briant went explained that the Blount County was planning on an upgrade way back in January and they settled on the BMW following “a detailed  research, in which they conducted interviews with current users of the BMW police motor, in-person inspections,  and also tested the motorcycle from Michigan State Highway Patrol and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office.”

A statement given by the Sheriff’s office also revealed that the brand new motorcycles come with several “advanced safety features,” which includes tire pressure monitoring,  anti-lock braking, an advanced LED lighting system and assisted braking for better traction control.

Also, the new BMW police motorcycles are equipped with adjustable seats and heated seats and grips.

O’Briant went on to explain, “Looking at it from our riders perspective, these features are a necessity as our motor deputies spend anywhere from eight to twelve hours at a time on their motors regardless of the weather conditions and in all four seasons as well,” She further added. “ After performing several tests, it gave us proof that with the help of these added features it increases the chances of improving the safety of the rider in comparison to when the rider is less comfortable.”

The new motorcycles will need service every 6’000 miles and come with a three-year warranty, O’Briant stated.

O’Briant also said that Motorcycle deputies of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office who have been riding BMW motorcycles for many years have provided a two-day training program for our Deputies who switched to the BMW two weeks ago.

Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong went on to add that the BMW’s safety features played a major role in convincing us to buy the vehicle.

According to a statement given by Berrong, he said, “Our Traffic Unit looked at the safety features and the additional benefits that came with the BMW, and they were really pleased with what was offered.”

Berrong’s email statement further revealed,  “We also had planned to buy the motorcycles locally. And thus These motorcycles were purchased from Alcoa Good Times and will be serviced by them as well.”

The traffic unit was formed back in 2002, following a grand issued to the BCSO  by the Tennessee Highway Safety Office. Originally the unit consisted of four deputies and in October 2004, the BCSO purchased its first batch of motorcycles. Currently, the unit consists of nine deputies, with six of them assigned a motorcycle.

 

 

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