Motorcycle officers reflect on dangers of job

Published On: Sep 27 2012 06:26:22 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 28 2012 02:53:55 AM EDT


Motorcycle officers in South Florida held training one day after a Broward Sheriff's Office deputy died following a crash in Pompano Beach.

Deputy Christopher Schaub died in surgery Wednesday night following the crash earlier in the day.

On Thursday, motorman trained and reflected on the inherent dangers of their job.

"I ride with a uniform. I got a motorcycle that says police. It has lights. It has sirens. I can't think of a full week that somebody doesn't cut me off or run through a sign and cut in front of me," said Miami Springs Police Officer Jeff Clark. "It seems like most of the people I stop either have a cell phone on their lap, or they're talking on a cell phone or they're texting on a cell phone."

"You get chills. Because you know that could be anybody," said Miami-Dade Police Sgt. Mario Sanchez. "It's in the back of your mind but you can't let it overcome you."

Local 10's John Turchin watched Miami-Dade motor officers as they trained. They are considered among the country's elite.

"We want everything on that motorcycle to be instinctive," said Sanchez.

Sanchez said the motor officers train once a month for several time a week.

"The more training we have the better we can cope with situations, you know," said Sanchez.

The Broward Sheriff's Office has 53 motor deputies; the Miami Police Department has 22; Miami-Dade police have 17 motor officers; and, Fort Lauderdale police have less than 10.


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