California Police Chief- Fall 2013 - Page 12

“Through the STEP program we can expand our traffic enforcement resources exponentially to address specific problem areas in each community.” numerous arrests for possession of weapons and drugs, and the expertise and training of the officers involved in STEP has produced well-written reports that result in good convictions in court.” As STEP developed, the need for regular training for all participating motorcycle enforcement personnel was identified. Several STEP agencies, particularly the smaller ones, had neither the resources nor the staffing necessary to provide regular training for their motorcycle enforcement personnel. Because of safety concerns involved in motorcycle enforcement, STEP responded by successfully implementing a bi-monthly training schedule available to all motorcycle enforcement personnel in San Mateo County. Hillsborough Police Chief Mark O’Connor stated “an additional benefit of the program is the relationship building between traffic officers in the county who continue to train together an