The Harwich Police Motorcycle Unit began operations in 2008 and is supervised by Sgt. Adam Hutton. Due to recent retirements, Sgt. Adam Hutton, Officer Neil Nolan and Officer Keith Kannally are the only certified members of the unit. The department currently operates a 2014 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Police edition that is leased. When compared to the cost of an equipped cruiser the motorcycle costs significantly less. An additional savings is realized with the increased MPG’s attained by the motorcycle as compared to a cruiser.
Officers assigned to the unit had to successfully complete a 40 hour certification program. The program taught the officers how to skillfully and safely maneuver the motorcycle in very tight confines and how to quickly stop the motorcycle in emergency situations. The motorcycle’s size and maneuverability allow the officer to get through heavy traffic congestion, whether the result of typical summer traffic or an accident, that might otherwise impede a standard cruiser. With the increased in usage of the Cape Cod Rail Trail the motorcycle has responded to various calls for service quicker and easier than would be able with a cruiser. The Harwich Police Department uses the motorcycle for routine patrol functions, traffic enforcement and escorts/special events. The department is also a member of the Cape Cod Regional Training Council (CCRLEC) Motor Unit, with one officer currently assigned.