The History of the University of Illinois Police Department Motorcycle Unit
In 1999, the University of Illinois Police Department reintroduced the motorcycle patrol unit. This is the first motorcycle patrol unit at the department since the middle 1980’s. Officer George Sandwick, Officer Steve Mechling and Officer Jon Whittington are assigned to this unit. Both motor officers and our patrol motorcycles have appeared in numerous community parades and events and have become a valuable asset for traffic escorts and providing emergency response in the congested traffic environments of the campus area. The Division was able to reintroduce this highly effective patrol mode to the campus community thanks to a partnership with local Harley Davidson dealer Sharon Andrae who provided the specially equipped motorcycle. Additional support for the unit was provided by Bill Weisiger and Squad Fitters, Inc.
Information and Photos provided by the University of Illinois Police Department.