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Vroom! Motorcycle police making return to the streets of Stephenville for first time in 20 years.

Stephenville might soon see a rash of slightly older than middle-age women zooming down Washington Street.

After all, the city council recently approved funding for the Stephenville Police Department to purchase two motorcycles, meaning for the first time in about 20 years, the city will be patrolled by motorcycle cops.

If you’re 50-ish like me, you’ll likely remember CHiPs a television series in the late 1970s and early 80s that followed two motorcycle officers with the California Highway Patrol.

There wasn’t a girl alive who didn’t swoon over Jon and Ponch.

(Personally, I was more of an Erik Estrada fan and had a pretty strong heart palpitation when I learned that he’s 74. How did that happen?)

Anyway, the gist of the story is that Stephenville residents will soon spot motorcycle cops cruising around town, and how cool is that?

“The number one complaint we receive is about traffic, and motorcycles are the best way officers out patrolling can reach the scene of an accident,” Captain James Gresham told Beneath the Surface News. “A lot of times an officer in a Tahoe is just not able to get to a violation or situation quickly in a high-traffic environment.”

That will change now that the city council has approved the purchase of two 2019 Harley Davidson Electra Glides for a little more than $31,000 and another $12,000 for officer training and equipment.

The motorcycles will be purchased with forfeiture funds.

Oh, and if you’re wondering who Stephenville’s next Jon and Ponch will be, it’s Sgt. Robert Moore and officer Christian Lightfoot.

Watch your speed, ladies.


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