Tempe PD Mounts AR-15s On Police Motorcycles

The Tempe Police Department has added mounts on the back of its police motorcycles to hold AR-15 rifles.

Tempe, AZ – The Tempe Police Department (TPD) has announced that they are rolling out AR-15 mounts on their police motorcycles.

Eight of the motorcycles have been outfitted with rear-mounts to hold the AR-15 rifles, the Phoenix New Times reported.

Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir brought the idea with her when she joined TPD, according to Commander Michal Pooley. Chief Moir was previously chief of police in El Cerrito, California.

The chief said that police motorcycles can get to a lot of scenes that are not easily accessible to four-wheeled vehicles. She pointed out they can cut through traffic and drive down sidewalks and arrive at scenes first, which meant they needed to have the right kind of firepower to respond.

Criminals are using more high-powered rifles and long guns to commit their crimes, and officers don't want to be left outgunned, Cmdr. Pooley told the Phoenix New Times.

Tempe police have had AR-15s for more than 15 years, but they’re usually stored in the trunk of a police vehicle, not mounted on full display on the exterior, as they are with a motorcycle.

Cmdr. Pooley said that initially, TPD was worried the new gun racks on the back of police motorcycles wouldn’t be well-received by the community.

"We're always concerned about public perceptions. We don't want people to think we're carrying these around for no reason,” he said.

But the response from the residents has been the opposite of that. In fact, Cmdr. Pooley said the department had "gotten a lot of positive feedback" since the AR-15s started appearing on patrol motorcycles.

He said the mounts were fitted with a special locking system that prevented random citizens from taking them off the bike.

None of the Tempe motorcycle officers has fired an AR-15 in the line of duty since they’ve been added to their bikes, but they have had to pull them out a few times, Cmdr. Pooley told the Phoenix New Times.

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LaneysSis
LaneysSis

Well done Chief ! And coming from El Centro, you get it.

VicG
VicG

Way to go Chief, keep those under your charge safe...

prophetess anna
prophetess anna

Way to go, Chief! Well done!! Everyone needs to be safe, people in the community, police officers, everyone!!! WE MUST BE SAFE AT ALL TIMES!!!!!!

JBo
JBo

Just as an aside, I once worked for an agency (long, long ago) that didn't permit shotguns to be carried in patrol cars (even in the trunk) because they looked too aggressive. They were, however, available on a 20 minute notice. Think about that for a minute...

Lt Retired OCPD
Lt Retired OCPD

It is just a shame that we have to limit our resources just because of the way it may “look”. Officers have been killed just so the Dept. didn’t look bad. A good example is the nonsense Obama did with limiting the surplus military equipment to PD’s. Wake up people, this is a war against evil. Give them any tool they need. Night vision may have saved the life of the latest shooting in California. They could see it was a cellphone and not a gun.