In 2003 the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office saw a need for an alternative style of traffic enforcement as well as meet the needs of requested escorts and special events, this led to the inception of the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office Motor Unit. As the county grew and traffic increased, the opportunity presented itself to lease two Harley-Davidson police motorcycles. Initially, five Deputies went to the NC Highway Patrol Motorcycle Officer school in Raleigh, NC. In 2005, the Town of Harrisburg purchased a 2003 Harley-Davidson.
In 2006, the Sheriff’s Office received a grant from the Governor’s Highway Safety Program to purchase two BMW police Motorcycles for traffic enforcement, specifically seatbelt and speed enforcement. In 2011, the Sheriff’s Motor Unit increased to 7 members with five motorcycles.
In 2018, two used 2011 BMW police motorcycles were purchased using asset forfeiture funds, replacing the aging Harley-Davidson bikes, changing the motor unit to majority BMW bikes. In 2019, the Sheriff’s Office, purchased a 2020 BMW motorcycle and increased the members to increase to six bikes and eight members.
In 2021, Speedway Harley Davidson made a generous donation of a new Police Electra Glide Motorcycle to the motor unit bringing the number of bikes assigned to the unit to seven.
To date, the current Sheriff’s Office Motor Fleet included the following:
- Eight Motor Officers (Two full-time and six part-time)
- Three 2011 BMW 1200 RTP Motorcycles
- One 2016 BWM 1200 RTP Motorcycle
- One 2020 BMW 1250 RTP Motorcycle
- One 2021 Harley Davidson Electra Glide 114 Police Edition Motorcycle
- One 2021 BMW 1250 RTP Motorcycle
Since 2003 the Motorcycle Unit has played an essential role within the Sheriff’s Office. From traffic enforcement, parades, charity escorts, funerals, significant sporting events, and presidential escorts. The Motor Unit is the symbol of excellence the Sheriff’s Office promotes to the citizens of Cabarrus County.