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Madison, NJ 07940 (map)
Pictured left to right: Sgt. Carpenter, Ptl. Reed, Lt. Dachisen, Sgt. Lam(retired from unit), Sgt. Cirella, Lt. Troianello(retired), Ptl. Keller
Madison Police Departments first motorcycle Unit since the 1960’s has been on patrol since early May of 2006.
The unit consists of two Harley Davidson Road King Police Motorcycles with seven officers assigned to the squad. Although the Motorcycle officers will enforce motor vehicle laws on the Borough’s streets, the primary emphasis is on Community Policing and special events. The motor officers will make every effort to ride into neighborhoods, schools and the central business district in an effort to meet up with members of the community on a personal basis.
The motor officers will also provide escorts and work parade assignments.
Commanded by Lt. Darren Dachisen, the officers training for the Motor Unit are: Lt. Darren Dachisen, Sgt. Steve Carpenter, Sgt. Joe Cirella, Ptl. Christopher Keller, Ptl. Carmine DeCaro, Det. John Miscia, Ptl. Craig Perrelli, Ptl. Ken Shannon and Ptl. Chad Rybka. Additional officers will be trained in the future to provide for expansion of the Motor Unit. This extensive riding course trains officers in every aspect of police motorcycle patrol riding. Motor Officers are trained in every conceivable urban/suburban riding, patrolling, enforcement and even riding/shooting scenario.
The Madison Police Department's Motor Unit recently completed a week long intensive police motorcycle safety training course. The instruction was provided by Sergeant Allan Attanasio of the Mountainside Police Department's Motor Unit. The training included classroom instruction followed by hands on riding. The officers were tasked to perform slow speed maneuvers while maintaining total control of the motorcycle. Cone patterns were set up to simulate real world conditions such as avoiding obstacles, escape and evade, tight u- turns, intersection u- turns, utilizing the motorcycle for cover and drawing a duty weapon while stalling and braking the motorcycle.
For additional information on Madison Police’s Motorcycle Unit, contact Lt. Darren Dachisen at 973-593-3023
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