University of Delaware
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New electric motorcycles increase UD police interaction with community

The University of Delaware Police Department (UDPD) has enhanced its community-oriented policing philosophy with the addition two new electric motorcycles that will enable officers to easily patrol the campus and increase interaction with students, faculty, staff and visitors. UDPD is the first police agency in the Mid-Atlantic region to incorporate electric motorcycles into its operations.

“We are always looking for innovative ways to create opportunities for police officers to interact with our community,” said UD Police Chief Patrick Ogden. “These motorcycles will work well in our unique environment, as they make almost no noise but are eye catching and promote conversation.

“They are perfect for an academic environment with high pedestrian traffic,” Ogden added. “Since there is no exhaust, their noise level is low, and they will not be disruptive in areas that are not normally accessible by a traditional police vehicle.”