Two Harley-Davidson motorcycles roared in the parking lot of the Kent County Administrative Complex on Aug. 25 as a gesture of gratitude. The bikes are the first motorcycles to be used by state police in Kent County and are two of only six currently used by the state police throughout Delaware. The police were able to purchase the equipment through a $75,000 grant given to Troop 3 by the Kent County Levy Court in 2007.


Two Harley-Davidson motorcycles roared in the parking lot of the Kent County Administrative Complex on Aug. 25 as a gesture of gratitude.

The bikes are the first motorcycles to be used by state police in Kent County and are two of only six currently used by the state police throughout Delaware. The police were able to purchase the equipment through a $75,000 grant given to Troop 3 by the Kent County Levy Court in 2007.

Capt. Robert Hawkins, commander of Troop 3 in Camden, said the bikes already had been used to catch more than 40 speeding vehicles since their arrival in June.

“We squeezed every penny out of that grant,” Hawkins said. “They’ve been very productive so far in helping to slow down some traffic on some streets.”

One of the advantages of driving motorcycles is their ability to be parked in tight spaces not easily accessible to police cars, said Cpl. James Gooch Jr.

“People aren’t looking for them when they’re speeding down the road,” Gooch said, “but they might be able to spot a police car a mile away.”

Gooch, who recently was certified to drive one of the motorcycles, said the bikes also can travel on sidewalks, weave through highway traffic, and move through tight spaces between houses.

The grant was part of a larger sum given to the county and divided among municipalities and state law enforcement, said President P. Brooks Banta.

“I hope I never see the front end of one [of the motorcycles] in back of my car,” he added.