The Apache Junction Police Department’s (AJPD) mission to keep our community safe recently received some additional support.
AJPD will be adding two new police package motorcycles to its fleet thanks to a grant from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (AZGOHS). The grant, totaling $60,899, will be used to purchase two 2019, Harley Davidson Electra Glide motorcycles. The purpose of adding the motorcycle to the AJPD fleet is to increase the effectiveness of the police department’s Saturation Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP).
Apache Junction Police Traffic Division intends to use the motorcycles in an effort to decrease the number of speed related crashes by 10%, bringing the number down from 117 crashes to 105 crashes for 2019.
In order to increase visibility of presence, the enforcement will be concentrated in the city’s problematic areas including school zones and routes leading to and from major Arizona recreational areas during holiday periods.
AJPD Captain Arnold Freeman commented, “Traffic enforcement reduces accidents and saves lives. Police motorcycles provide the ability to maneuver in traffic when responding to emergencies and attempting to stop violators. The police motorcycles provided by AZGOHS are a welcomed addition to our efforts in keeping our roadways safe for all citizens. We appreciate the efforts of Governor Ducey and the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.”