The course includes four to five hours in the classroom and the rest is "track time."
The course is meant to prepare motor officers in a number of areas like braking maneuvers, proper head and eye placement, passing and traffic enforcement, along with other important safety skills.
The forty hours of training is vital to a motor officer. Statistics show that among the 20-25 motor officers who are killed every year, almost all of them die from being hit by a vehicle.
"I feel so much more confident and I thought I knew how to ride," said Officer James Ramsey. "But I feel like I know more now."
There are several advantages to using a motorcycle versus a car: maneuverability, reaching places more quickly, access and savings on fuel.
"Motorcycles have a nimbleness that cars don't have, plus from an economic standpoint, it is good on a department. May is Motorcycle Awareness Month, so be aware that the motor officers are on the street," said training instructor Lt. Stan Kittrell. "So when you look both ways, look for us and them and be aware that they are out there."
Officers say the lessons that they learn will go a long way as they ensure both their safety, as well as the public's.