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Motorcycle Unit

Our Motor Unit consists of six certified police officers.  The unit rides Harley Traverse City MotorsDavidson Police Road King motorcycles.  Each officer is trained through Northwestern Traffic Institute and/or Wolff and Associates. They are re-certified every year to maintain their riding eligibility.

Motor Officers primary responsibilities are traffic control, accident investigation all while continuing to provide team policing to their respective service areas. The Motor Unit is a valuable tool, in dealing with the increase in traffic volume during the summer due to the large tourism industry the area provides.  The Motor Officers are able to maneuver the motorcycles through the smallest of areas allowing them to respond to any situation regardless of the traffic or crowds.

The Motor Unit continually strives to connect our department to the public we serve.  Our Motor Unit is at an advantage when it comes to interacting with the community because kids and adults think the motorcycles are “Cool” and easily approachable which is evident by the number of photo opportunities given by the unit each summer.  Our Motor Unit has had the privilege of escorting many dignitaries that have visited our community:  President Gerald Ford, President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, First Lady Rosalyn Carter, Governors William Milliken, John Engler, Jennifer Granholm and Rick Snyder. Look for the Motor Unit each year at the National Cherry Festival during the many escorts they provide, including the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

Traverse City Motor Unit

Our team supports the Father Fred charity ride along with rides commemorating fallen police officers through MI-Cops.  A highlight for our motor unit team members was when they had the privilege to visit the Police Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.     

The Motor Unit consists of:  Sgt. Taylor, Sgt. Simerson, Ofcr. Ellul, Ofcr. Metdepenningen Ofcr. Shea and Ofcr Homuth.

Sergeant Ryan Taylor Sgt Taylor serves as the commanding officer of the Unit.  Please contact him at

This page last updated on 7/26/2018.