Police Chief Elvin G. Miali urged the City Council on Tuesday to consider reinstating a motorcycle program.
Fountain Valley police stopped using motorcycles in 1982 because of liability risks and officer-safety concerns. Only Fountain Valley, Los Alamitos and La Palma do not have motorcycle patrols in Orange County, Miali said.
The Police Department has been awarded a grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety to pay for four motorcycles, officer training and related equipment. The council will decide in the coming weeks whether to endorse the motorcycle program and accept the grant money. The amount will be determined later.
Council members said they were concerned about ongoing program costs, liability risks and officer safety.
Motorcycle officers can make law enforcement strategies more flexible, Miali said. "We can place a motor on a sidewalk or bike path, which are easier places for enforcement," he said.