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.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Lt Retired OCPD
Sorry, you just don't grt military equipment without military oversight. It's not for you to use unsupervised. The military doesn't even use the equipment unsupervised. Lastly, police departmentd don't have the budget or manpower necessary for maintenance and upkeep.

Get your own toys.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

@Hi_estComnDenomn

Good god you are dumb, why would you think the military has anything to do with these weapons? I have 5 AR’s, I also have an issued AR from my PD, not some military surplus. You had oversight from the military because you were “special” normal functioning adults can have weapons without oversight, you get your own toys, tool.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Thinblueline
Come on. You know they're not talking about just rifles. Cops can buy and carry their own.

What they want is the fun shit. No. Hands off.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Like what? What do you think we want from the military that is so cool? Most of it we could not use as a civilian force. You are really starting to make me think these things I say about you are true.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Thinblueline
There was an article a couple weeks ago on here for departments wanting hardened humvees and drones, for example.

Cops don't need either of those tools.

You also just pretty much admitted everything you've said about me is a lie. Do you like me? Because i might like you too.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Lt Retired OCPD
Then departments should buy their own NVGs

Heezels
Heezels

Drones can come in handy for scouting large scale protests that are spread over a couple of blocks. Can help with coordination as well as gathering video footage of crimes occurring during a protest.

Eh, hardened humvees might increase the security of the officers when dealing with highly volatile situations wherein one or more suspects are firing upon officers at a distance.

They don’t need the tools, but it makes them more effective.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Heezels
Alright. Now answer how any police department in the nation can afford the maintenance and upkeep of a hardened humvee? Those don't belong to the military, all equipment belongs to the US government and is leased to the respective services. Plus, the government pays Boeing, Northrup Grumman, etc to train troops and furnish them with instruction and maintenance manuals, and continuous fly-out repairs. Only the government has that kind of budget.

Police aren't, and shouldn't be, federally managed. Unless you believe police departments should be federally managed?

Heezels
Heezels

Good point on the humvee. Maintenance would be an issue and I wonder how they’d get around that.

But, it would be difficult to positively answer these questions without knowing what exactly tje type of maintenance would be involved with these pieces of equipment, how they’d be stored, and what the budget would be like for them. Obviously they think they can pay it, and the US government isn’t using it for some reason. I’d like to know what all of that is.

Still, I don’t imagine the equipment will be used that often, definitely not as often as an active wartime vehicle.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Heezels if any county or city can find the budget to maintain a hardened humvee or surveillance drone, that department's cops should be in an uproar. If you suddenly have millions of dollars to spend on items like that, I'm sure plenty of cops would rather take a pay increase or a pension match over a humvee.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

And as far as the surplus equipment, I don't know what happens with that. My guess is surplus parts for operating vehicles, and leasing deals with our allies. But that is above most service members' paygrades to know.

b1rd
b1rd

*get

So who supervises the military? Don't you think, nevermind. Again you show no knowledge of the military or what a chain of command is. Let's try this.

Since you seem to imply you have knowledge of Humvee maintenance and associated cost, what are they? Be specific please. Probably above your pay grade. Right? E-1s don't know much.

You also seem to think local police will be corrupted if they receive funding from the government. Tell me, how would things change if local police were to receive funding from the government? I'm really curious about the last question.

Oafdawg
Oafdawg

Exactly what kind of "maintenance" do you think a HUMVEE requires? Regular oil changes, tires, brake pads, shocks, even the occasional busted U-joint are basically across the counter parts. Why would you think it needs anything different than a heavy pickup truck would? They're made right here in the USA by AM General and can be worked on by anyone with even a rudimentary knowledge of automotive repair and there's no shortage of spare parts. And your comment "Those don't belong to the military, all equipment belongs to the US government and is leased to the respective services." Is just about the most asinine statement I've encountered on this site. Do you go out of your way to make ignorant comments or does it come natural?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Oafdawg
Do me a favor? Go to your favorite search engine and type "UAH price."

Then search prices for the JLTV and the MRAP.

My guess is the price is about $300k a pop, esp for the latter 2. That's before some of the armoring and other bells and whistles.

And aren't some police departments currently complaining about a backlog of maintenance on their regular vehicles? Sounds like something that would be high priority.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Oafdawg
I must be wrong about the leasing process, despite the few years i spent working with Boeing to launch satellites. My apologies.

Please. Explain the military's acquisition process to me, because maybe i understood it wrong.

Oafdawg
Oafdawg

Do you have trouble comprehending written English, especially the English that you wrote? Nowhere is there any mention of MRAP's, JLTV''s and the UAH, or armored Humvee, would be free to the police agency. And as they would be operated mostly on paved roads maintenance would be mostly what you would do on your own vehicle. That is oil changes, tires, brakes, filters all of which is readily available at moderate prices. So your whole point of contention is really moot as the maintenance of the Humvee is comparable to any light truck a public agency would have.

b1rd
b1rd

Oh, so you worked with Boeing and helped launch satellites now. You are too funny. And you don't even understand the military acquisition process? So sad but it might be the most truthful thing you have said on here. Stay mute.

Oafdawg
Oafdawg

And the military has a budget, approved by Congress, that they use to purchase weapons and equipment, ships, planes, food, missiles, and to pay the troops. No budget, no toys. I need you to explain what branch of the "US government" is buying this stuff to lease to the US military. I'll wait.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Oafdawg
The department of defense, normally. And what stage of acquisition would you need explaining?

I'm gonna have to ask you to adjust your tone as well.

b1rd
b1rd

@Oafdawg notice how @Hi_estComnDenomn didn't answer your question. Also, please try talking like you are talking to a four year old. That might help understand better. He is really a dumbass. I can hardly wait for him to copy and paste what he googles concerning the acquisition process.

Oafdawg
Oafdawg

I guess the Dept of Defense must be too busy leasing them there missiles from Boeing to respond. I wonder if they have to pay a high mileage penalty of those leased Boeing B-52's?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Oafdawg
Are you serious? I don't think so.

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn the way you talk? And you are asking @Oafdawg if he is serious? By the way, you trying to skip out on explaining the military acquisition process? I can hardly wait.

Oafdawg
Oafdawg

Are you really that much of an ignorant dolt or do you just play one on the internets?

Eaglescout
Eaglescout

Looks like a free ar15 for the taking. Keep doing what you're doing guys...........more stupidity please. Ha

Eaglescout
Eaglescout

Keep speaking truth to arrogant, unaccountable stupidity. Remember Nuremberg? They believed in what they were doing...........following the laws of their country.