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Public Safety hosts skills competition

Posted on Apr 7, 2016

By Pat Dowling
The 2016 Palmetto Police Motorcycle Skills Competition will be held April 6-9, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Barefoot Landing (beside Greg Normanís Australian Grille) in North Myrtle Beach. The public is invited to come see the competitions. For a detailed itinerary visit www.ppmsc.us. The main competition will occur on April 9, starting at 8 a.m.
The North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department is host for this yearís event.
Motorcycle Officers (referred to as Motor Officers) from across the country will showcase their incredible motorcycle skills, competing for awards and raising money for charity.
The Palmetto Police Motorcycle Skills Competition is dedicated to:
Promoting training and excellence in the skills for safe and effective performance of the Motor Officerís duties
Expanding the fraternity of the Motor Officer community
Increase public awareness of the skills and dedication required to be a Motor Officer
Providing support for Camp Happy Days (www.camphappydays.org), which provides support services for children diagnosed with cancer and their families throughout South Carolina. With the publicís help, police are able to continue fulfilling their mission, which is to offer assistance and encouragement to children diagnosed with cancer and their families by providing cost-free, year-round programs and access to crisis resources. Their goal is to improve the physical, emotional and psychological health of the entire family facing pediatric cancer.
While participation in the event competitions is limited to Motor Officers, the general public always enjoys watching them perform. Motor Officer skills are put to the test through a series of performance-under-pressure events. It takes a great deal of practice to be able to handle the sheer weight and size of the motorcycle. The basic idea of police motorcycle training is to make the motorcycle itself work to its maximum potential.
For more information, contact Sergeant Ray Pollock, Uniform Patrol - Delta Squad, at 843-241-4313 (cell), 843-280-5511 (office) or rrpollock@nmb.us.


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