Police to purchase new motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles

Estonian police officer on a motorcycle. Source: (ERR)

Estonia's Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) is planning on purchasing two new motorcycles as well as all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and snowmobilesthis spring. The procurement for motorcycles has already been announced.

"Within the procurement, the PPA is also planning on purchasing two Sport Touring-type motorcycles to replace some depreciated bikes in the current bike fleet," PPA spokespeople told BNS. "The estimated cost of the procurement is €42,000."

The PPA procurement plan also includes the purchase of five ATVs and two snowmobiles.

Police motorcycle units wll undergo warmup training in Finland at the end of April and new units will be on the streets beginning May 1. A total of 20 police officers will patrol the streets by motorcycle, although more officers will undergo training.

Leading law enforcement officer Kalmer Tikerpe said that the motorcycles will primarily be used for traffic control, including both regular surveillance as well as the oriented monitoring of two-wheeled vehicles. Motorized police units will also be used for escorting delegations and chaperoning other events such as song festival parades. Motorized police units will also participate in preventive activities.

"Compared to patrol cars, a motorcycle enables rapid deployment to accident scenes within the city if there is traffic — a motorcycle has better maneuvering abilities and can be used in places where using a patrol car would be more difficult," Tikerpe explained. "In addition, officers on bike have a better overview of traffic and what is going on around them."

The PPA uses a total of 18 different types of motorcycles.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS

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