BR police dominate motorcycle skills contest
BATON ROUGE - Police said that their motorcycle division racked up several awards in the recent Southeast Police Motorcycle Skills Rodeo held in Hollywood, Florida.
Around 168 motorcycle officers representing 39 different law enforcement agencies participated in timed competitions designed to simulate maneuvers and emergency situations faced by motorcycle officers during their regular duties.
Baton Rouge Police took 1st place in the team slow ride and 4th place in the team competition but several individual riders from the Baton Rouge won awards, according to Cpl. Don Coppola.
Cpl. Marco Leblanc also earned the title of "Mr. Rodeo" for taking 1st place in the overall competition. Leblanc also took 1st place in the slow ride, 4th place in the fun run, 2nd place in the Bronfman Challenge Award and 4th place in the speed run.
Corporal Jeremy Stanley earned 5th place overall, 2nd place in the slow ride, 1st place in the fun run, and 1st place in the Bronfman Challenge Award. Corporal Brandon Smith earned 3rd place in the slow ride, 3rd place in the Bronfman Challenge Award. Corporal Caleb Eisworth earned 5th place in the fun run.
Awards for the winning officers came in the form of patriotic guitars and bragging rights until next year's competition.