The Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) Motor Unit is comprised of six (6) specially trained MCSO motorcycle Deputies. Training consists of a vigorous eighty (80) hour motor officer certification course conducted by the United States Park Police. This intensive training curriculum includes emergency response operation, escorts, maintenance, inclement weather operation, and highly specialized skills training.
Three Motor Unit Deputies attended and successfully completed the Motorcycle Training Officer Certification Course offered through Northwestern University's Center for Public Safety, who partnered with Harley Davidson Motor Company to present the training. This three week course certified those Motor Unit Deputies as instructors in each of the topical areas covered in the United States Park Police basic certification course.
The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office implemented the Motor Unit on October 1, 2000. This unit was originally created as a volunteer unit and responsibilities ranged from funeral and dignitary escorts to special events such as parades and demonstrations of motorcycle skills and safety.
The MCSO Motor Unit now performs full-time duty assignments as an integral part of the MCSO Civil Judgments Unit. The Motor Unit's primary responsibility is service of Writs of Possession for Real Property, creating an economical resource to serve civil process papers. The Motor Unit also continues to perform collateral assignments including funeral and dignitary escorts, special events such as parades, motorcycle skills and safety demonstrations and other high profile events.
Due to their diligence, willingness to assist in any manner, and superior riding skills, the MCSO Motor Unit was invited to participate in the Presidential Motorcade Escort for the National Law Enforcement Memorial Service. MCSO is one of a few select agencies in the history of this event to be asked to assist in escorting the Presidential Motorcade. The MCSO Motor Unit continues to be recognized at a local and national level as one of the premier law enforcement Motor Units in the country.