Is that Officer Roy firing at us?

May 20, 2009

For those of you still placing bets on the arrival of the Apocalypse, hurry up. It’s almost here.

These are police at “advanced motorcycle training.” I guessed it was a special squad trained to protect us from the growing threat of two-dimensional billboard art, but I was wrong.

The caption says it was a simulated incident of motorcycle police arriving at a high school with suspects shooting at them from windows and doors.

Excuse me? Jeez, isn’t this what SWAT teams are for? Or at least patrol cars?

So we’ve now reached a point where a dispatcher says, “We have reports of students shooting from doors and windows of Millard Fillmore High School. I need a motorcycle officer to drive by and see if it looks very serious.”

I’m no expert, but I would think “advanced motorcycle training” should stress getting the hell out of Dodge, and that firing INTO school doors and windows may actually introduce more danger for other students inside. But maybe that’s just me.

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James Armstrong of the Arvada, Colorado Police Department practices firing his weapon from a moving motorcycle during advanced motorcycle training in Golden, Colorado May 19, 2009. The class simulated motorcycle police arriving at a high school with suspects shooting at them from windows and doors as they rode up. REUTERS/ Rick Wilking

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Bob, I think you missed the point of this training. It looks like great fun to me. Cops need entertainment too.

Posted by Tim | Report as abusive

Throttle is on the right hand grip on the motorcycle, officer is shooting his weapon right handed.I guess he just coasts by the target real slow………..

Posted by bwef2 | Report as abusive

ok, so they can fire a gun & drive a motorcycle at the same time but i’m not allowed to use my cell phone while driving? i find this ridiculous.

Posted by minnow | Report as abusive

So shooting in the direction of a school while riding by at high speed is relevant training?Great job on this Bob. Seriously. Great job.

I would rather they know how to shoot from their bikes than just be a moving target. There are times they may have to engage a target from the back of the bike. Engaging through a window into a school could be a extreme example but that is not what is shown.

Posted by ed henry | Report as abusive

Thanks, Bandage…

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

Looks like the guy in the picture is Eric Estrada (Frank Poncherello). So the whole training exercise now makes sense!

Posted by John | Report as abusive

i say we put them on horseback too!or atleast give them a badass sawed-off shotty like arnold in T2

Posted by Derek | Report as abusive

Is the cardboard guy shooting back?

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