More than 50 law enforcement agencies are now using Zero Motorcycles' trio of battery-electric motorcycles for police work, the company has announced.
Law enforcement agencies are using the Zero SP, Zero DSP and Zero FXP for patrol, including traffic enforcement. The motorcycles produce no audible sound and can provide a tactical advantage for officers.
"This motorcycle is so quiet that we continuously sneak up on wildlife and suspects while out on patrol, and we continue to receive positive feedback from the public," said Officer Steve Carbajal of the Los Angeles Police Department's Off-Road Unit.
"Because the motorcycles are electric, officers may arrive on scene without disruption and come across a crime in progress without being detected," said Amy Luna of the Fresno State University Department of Public Safety.
The Cobb County (Ga.) Police Department has been assigning models to its sworn force of 600 mostly for parks patrol, according to Sgt. James Fincher of the department's Ranger Services.
"We currently use them to patrol the 77 parks within the Cobb County parks system, along with patrolling the 13-mile Cobb section of the Silver Comet Trail – a heavily traveled, 61-mile paved trail stretching from the Atlanta area to the Georgia-Alabama border," Fincher said. "The ease of use, positive public relations and downright fun has proven invaluable to our department."
Zero's patrol models are equipped with pursuit emergency lighting and sirens, safety components, and functional storage options to carry gear, patrol items, and emergency medical equipment.
"Our Zero motorcycle makes a significant contribution to our continued efforts to promote environmental sustainability," said Sgt. Paul Parizek of the Des Moines (Iowa) Police Department.