EDMOND — Seven police officers are expected to be riding around Edmond on BMW motorcycles starting in April.
They will be parking their Harley-Davidson motorcycles because city council members this week agreed to spend $177,125 for the new motorcycles. The bikes cost $25,304 each.
Police Sgt. Acey Hopper said the change is primarily for safety reasons.
“They also have the lowest operating cost,” Hopper said.
Edmond officers test-drove the BMW motorcycles. They also talked to officers at other police agencies, such as the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, who ride the BMW model.
The Harley-Davidson and the BMW are comparable in cost, Hopper said.
The motorcycles would be purchased from the department's motor vehicle fund.
The Harleys, now used by seven motorcycle officers and purchased in 2009, have been ridden between 10,000 and 18,000 miles.
Edmond switched to Harley-Davidsons in 2006 when Kawasaki stopped making police motorcycles.
The old motorcycles will be auctioned online.