McMinnville Police Department wants to go hog wild, the motorcycle variety.
The city Safety Committee met to provide initial consideration for the purchase of a 2021 Harley-Davidson FLHTP police duty motorcycle with installed emergency equipment. McMinnville Police Chief Nichole Mosley made the request which is within the department’s 2021-22 fiscal year budget.
Bumpus Harley-Davidson of Murfreesboro bid $23,752. Boswell’s Harley-Davidson bid $25,800. Delivery is 60 calendar days once receipt of the purchase has been made.
“Both met the specs and both were identical units,” said Mosley. “We recommend accepting the low bid from Bumpus Harley-Davidson.
The need for a motorcycle was questioned.
“There’s a lot of use for a motorcycle,” said Mosley. “It’s good PR, too, as well as parades and working specialty events. There are also areas where a patrol car unit might not be ideal, such as when there’s a traffic issue. A motorcycle can be out of the way, but not be right in the middle of the road. We had one, but it has probably been 30 years. We haven’t had them since then.”
During the budget-setting process, Mosley made the request for funds to purchase a motorcycle. She cited how effective Tennessee Highway Patrol’s motorcycles were during Back to the Strip when it came to patrolling the large event.
Alderman Sally Brock asked, “They can be used for funerals too, right?
“Yes,” said Mosley. “They can be utilized in several different ways.”
Mosley also requested permission to purchase three 2022 Ford Police Interceptor vehicles from Ford of Murfreesboro at a cost of $67,062. They will replace three within the fleet that are at least 10 years old.
Committee members provided initial approval for the purchase of the Harley-Davidson and three Ford patrol vehicles. Final approval must come from the McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen.