In May 2010, the State College Police Department implemented a motorcycle patrol program by purchasing a Harley-Davidson police motorcycle and training two police officers. Officers are assigned to the motorcycle on a part-time basis with an emphasis on traffic-related issues and policing special events.
The motorcycle enhances the ability to enforce red light, stop sign, and speeding violations by its capability to park in locations inaccessible by a patrol car.
Furthermore, officers maneuver through heavy traffic to respond to emergency calls and save fuel cost, since the motorcycle uses about 1.5 gallons per eight-hour shift compared to 7.5 gallons in a patrol car. In addition, officers have increased positive personal contact with the public.