Organized Crime Funds Buy New Bikes for Mesa Police

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Mesa, Ariz.’s police department is planning to replace its entire fleet of 21 motorcycles, and it won’t cost the taxpayers anything.

Instead the department will use money from asset seizures under the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act.

"It's important to have vehicles that are going to be safe and dependable," Sgt. Ed Wessing told the Arizona Republic.

The department has used the Kawasaki 1000 P, which hadn’t changed much since the 1970s, but is upgrading to take advantage of new technology and safety features on the Kawasaki Concours.

"There's a lot of new technology for these bikes that makes it that much safer for these officers," said Motor Unit Sgt. Cory Calkins. The department should receive the new bikes early next year.

Some of the old bikes will be used for training motor-patrol officers and others will go to auction, Wessing said.

Posted by Holly Wagner