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Why do Wilmington police officers ride BMW motorcycles?

Andrew Dunn

The answer is simple: They were purchased from the lowest bidder.

The BMW bikes that Wilmington Police Department officers ride were bought because they were the lowest-cost option that fit the department’s needs, WPD spokeswoman Lucy Crockett said.

She said  other types of motorcycles available would have cost more.

“BMWs were purchased for budgetary reasons,” Crockett said. “Obviously, we have to be good stewards of the taxpayers’ money.”

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2 Responses to “ Why do Wilmington police officers ride BMW motorcycles?”

  1. On July 14, 2010 at 7:24 am Tom Plaskett wrote:

    I would like to see the different bids for the motorcycles. If the city saved only a small amount of $$$ on the BMW bikes, then the alternative should have been to buy USA products and forget the small savings. Being a good steward of our funds is hogwash. Why would anyone start to do that now? I await your response on the individual bids for the bikes.

    Tom Plaskett

  2. On September 7, 2010 at 7:50 am Jerry Dockery wrote:

    BMW has a huge factory in the USA. Your readers would enjoy a tour of their facility in Greenville, SC. Comments about “buying American” are way off. If you want to see how far off, visit the Harley shop and look at the tags on the products…does “made in China” make you feel good?

    The better question for LEO is how well does the bike perform?

    I have seen these officers in action and they are good at what they do. The BMW bikes seem to be well-suited to the task.

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