ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A New Mexico sheriff’s department motorcycle unit is getting national attention for its All-American-look.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office deployed its first motorcycle traffic unit in April.
Deputy Robert Garcia is assigned to the unit.
“We get to be like a different aspect of law enforcement being motor officers,” said Garcia.
Recently, one of Garcia’s colleagues took a some photos of him and the county’s motorcycle.
He sent them to the national Harley Davidson magazine “The Motor Officer.”
“He sent me a picture and I was like no way,” said Garcia.
The magazine posted the picture of Garcia next to his Harley Davidson patrol unit in its Fall edition.
Santa Fe County is one of the only departments in the state that has a Harley Davidson bike.
“Most of the departments you’re going to find are BMW’s, Kawasakies and Hondas,” said Garcia.
The county got the motorcycle to help enforce traffic laws and speed up emergency response times.
The department said it chose the Harley brand because it’s American made.
However, it never thought that choice would land them in a national magazine dedicated to law enforcement motorcycle units.
“It’s pretty amazing,” said Garcia. “Once it got in, I was like dang.”
Below the picture is an article about the Sheriff’s Office and how it uses the bike to protect and serve.
“Going back to the sense of pride that we have here in our department to show hey, we are Santa Fe County this is where we are at and we represent our county not only and the state as well,” said Garcia.
The county sent in a couple pictures of the bike to the magazine several months ago with no expectations.
The department plans on getting three more motorcycle units soon.