On June 23 & 24 don’t be surprised to see a large number of police motorcycles invade the City. They won’t be here to catch criminals, but instead be in the City for the first ever New England Police Motorcycle Skills Competition held in New Britain.
“This is our first one here, but these competitions are done throughout the country,” said New Britain Officer Phil Caseria, one of the organizers. “The closest rodeo is in New York (New York City Metro Motorcycle Skills Competition) in September and one in New Jersey (Law Enforcement Motorcycle Skills Competition) the same weekend. There are none that I am aware of in Connecticut or Massachusetts.”
Caseria said there will be four different competitions based around coned courses. They are a timed, untimed, a slow ride, and a paired competition with officers tethered together.
There will be two divisions – novice and expert.
“You try to get through as clean as you can, as quick as you can,” Caseria said. “It’s a friendly competition between motor officers. I’m sure there will be some bragging rights.”
It is open to officers all over New England and there will be about 50 riders.
“We want to have a good one so we can keep it going each year,” said Caseria. “New Britain officers will be organizing and not competing in it.”
Caseria said officers have seen events online and decided to get this going in New Britain.
The event will take place in the parking lot at One Liberty Square (corner of Chestnut and Elm St.) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is free to spectators and there will be food vendors, downtown businesses, and police equipment and motor cycle vendors.
Saturday will be a practice day and Sunday will be the actual competition day.
“Anyone can come and watch it. It should be a pretty good event,” added Caseria. “There will be trophies for those finishing first through third and cash prizes. Cash prizes will go to the department that each officer works for and not to the officer themselves.”
Information will soon be available at nemotorcyclerodeo.com.