There was great excitement at the Danric Auto BMW showroom on Monday when a group of Nampol Traffic Law Enforcement officers assisted with the transferring of 25 brand new BMWF800 GS enduro motorcycles to the police workshop.
The bikes will be placed in storage until the official handover from Danric Motors to Nampol, after which they will be distributed to the various regions, for intensive urban policing, crime patrol duties and law enforcement.
The large order of BMW bikes which were first on display at BMW showroom, were all fully kitted out at local companies, with panniers, top boxes, sirens, police lights as well as the new digital two-way radio system.
This is the first time that Nampol have received patrol bikes for policing duties, and special care is being taken to provide basic rider training to the selection of officers using designated to riding these bikes, by the police college.
However, BMW Motorrad SA will be providing a three-day specific rider training session in the first week of October, when the BMW rider academy instructors will conduct a familiarising course at the Tony Rust Track. A total of 60 traffic officers from around the country will be put through their paces to be fully trained to handle these machines.
Heiko Doedens (Danric Auto sales) and Dieter Hilse (workshop manager) were joined by seasoned riders from the Police College and Nampol Traffic department, to transfer the bikes into storage - which took them three trips to complete the mission.
Ralf Ludwig (Commanding Officer Traffic Law Enforcement) who negotiated the transaction with Danric Auto Motorrad, and will officially receive the bikes later this month.
This is the first time Nampol traffic department are using BMW bikes for crime patrol purposes, and are looking forward to taking delivery of these 25 fully accessorised machines.
According to Richard Wahl (DP Danric Auto), he appreciated the meticulous planning and organising from Nampol that went into this transaction, which facilitated the dealership with a process of delivery.