A new arena means new and safer tools for Sacramento Police to work in big crowds.
The latest addition to the toolbox is a set of four, all-electric motorcycles from the Zero Motorcycle Company, which Sacramento Police say will help them more easily get around large groups of people without the noise or the risk of burns if someone touches hot engine parts you have with a traditional police motorcycle.
Sacramento Police Traffic Sergeant, Adam Vassallo, says while the bikes' silent running comes with a chance someone would dart in front of an officer because they can't hear the motorcycle coming, the maneuverability is comparable to a bicycle. "On a bicycle, you can stop very quickly," Vassallo says, "You can stop, you know, if somebody does jump in front of you real quick, very easy to quickly stop, and so the sound is a double-edged sword, but that's probably one of our main concerns is that people really can't hear us."
There are a few perks for SPD that come with operating these motorcycles:
At $18,000, they're about 10,000 less and there are a lot fewer maintenance costs than the BMW bikes they use, there are zero emissions and they're charged at a facility powered by solar panels.