Police Motor Units
The History of Motorcycle Law Enforcement

 "Virtual Museum"


Lafayette Police Department

Lafayette’s first motor officer was Town Marshall Harry Flint in 1932.  No record of the first motorcycle he rode, but in 1936, Marshall Flint was known to ride the Harley Davidson EL Model.

Harley-Davidson wasted no time building momentum out of the depression, introducing its EL model, featuring the 61 ci (1000cc) overhead valve engine, also known as the "Knucklehead."   Marshall Flint crashed his bike sometime in the 1930s going after a violator.  The motor unit did not exist then for the next 60 years.    In 2003, the Lafayette Police Department reintroduced police motorcycles.  Officers John Sellers and James Johnson were the first assigned to the unit and rode Harley Davidson Electra-Glides.  The unit is still in existence today, same model bikes, with Officers Sean Jenneiahn and Jason Thompson assigned. 


1936 Harley Davidson EL


Lafayette Officers John Sellers and James Johnson







Officer Sean Jeanneiahn took 2nd at the Tog Gun Motor Officers Competition 2014






Information and Photos provided by Layafette, CO Police Department