Phoenix Police Host 25th Annual Motorcycle Competition

Nearly 40 police officers gathered Friday morning just outside State Farm Stadium in Glendale, preparing their skills aboard a motorcycle for an upcoming multi-agency competition.

The Phoenix Police Department will host the 25th Annual Southwest Police Motorcycle Contest at Cardinals Stadium in Glendale on Saturday.

Law enforcement from all over the Southwest including San Diego, Las Vegas and even Tijuana, Mexico rides and competes in motorcycle skills challenges.

According to the Phoenix Police Department, about 100 officers are expected to compete this Saturday.

The competition asks participants to navigate on a track, just outside the stadium, marked out by cones. Competitors will be timed and deductions will be made for penalties such as hitting a cone or putting a foot on the ground during turns.

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“Your heart beats outside your chest when they tell you ‘the class is yours.’ On practice day, everyone is just learning the class,” said Phoenix Police Officer Toby Ehrler.

Ehrler began participating in the event in 1996 with the first-ever competition held in Tucson. Ehrler has worked for the Phoenix Police Department for 40 years.

The skills competition is divided into separate categories based on the brand of motorcycle driven by the officer. Categories include BMW, Honda, Kawasaki, Harley Davidson and electric motorcycles.

Other competitions include an individual slow ride, a two-person couple ride, and a four-person team ride.

The venue for the event rotates between Phoenix, Tucson, and Las Vegas each year and is held to raise funds for the Special Olympics. This year, Special Olympics of Arizona athletes will benefit from the benefits.

According to the Phoenix Police Department, businesses have the opportunity to sponsor the event while fundraisers, silent auctions and entry fees from all attendees also go towards funding Special Olympics Arizona. .

“Everyone is entitled to a chance. However, if someone is about to lead this category, it costs them five dollars to revive it. We have had guys who have put a few hundred dollars in their pocket to try and get that trophy,” Ehrler said.

Ehrler finished in fifth place in the individual slow race over a field of 130 other competitors.

For Ehrler, the contest is also an opportunity to bond with other participants.

“It’s my son going there right now. It’s really cool. To see him go and do what I’ve been doing for years now. It’s really cool,” Ehrler said.

25th Annual South West Police Motorcycle Contest

The event is open to the public free of charge.

The competition will take place at State Farm Stadium at 9100 West Cardinal Way in Glendale on April 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit https://www.phoenix.gov/police/spmtc

Contact breaking news reporter Adam Terro at adam.terro@arizonarepublic.com.

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