From The Chief

Chief Hargis

I would like to welcome you to the 9th Annual Chesapeake Bay Police Motorcycle Rodeo and Skills Competition. This event has been designed to allow Police Motorcycle Officers the opportunity to demonstrate their proficiency in the operation of their “Wheels” as they navigate their way through a series of obstacle courses.

The event is hosted by the Portsmouth Police Department for two main reasons. First it permits the various members of the surrounding law enforcement agencies to meet and discuss progressive ideas that improve the overall effectiveness and safety of our Police Motorcycle Programs.

Second, the competition provides another avenue for us as law enforcement officers to interact with the members of our community that we faithfully serve everyday. I encourage you to speak with the officers, ask questions and cheer them on as they participate in today’s competition. At the end of the day I am sure that you will leave with a greater appreciation of the skills required to effectively operate a motorcycle under the various conditions that they encounter everyday such as ceremonial escorts, close quarter maneuvering and routine police operations.

All proceeds from the 8th Annual Chesapeake Bay Motorcycle Rodeo and Skills Competition will be donated to the March of Dimes. The March of Dimes has launched an initiative to reduce premature birth through education and research. With statistics showing that 1 in every 8 babies is born premature, I hope you will join me in supporting this worthwhile March of Dimes endeavor.

I would also like to take a moment to thank the members of the Portsmouth Police Department Strategic Traffic Unit, our fellow law enforcement partners and our sponsors for their continued support, hard work and dedication in making this year’s event a success.

Ed Hargis
Chief of Police
Portsmouth Police Department