Here’s a feature I wrote for Harley-Davidson’s “The Motor Officer” Magazine this month. It highlights some of the short history of Bikes on the Bricks, held annually in downtown Flint, as well as Michigan’s only Law Enforcement Skills Competition.
Check it out:
Be the ‘King of the Bricks’ in 2011
FLINT, Michigan — This throne gets abdicated every year, and it’s yours if you’ve got what it takes.
To be dubbed ‘King of the Bricks,’ you must be able to navigate a grueling outdoor skills course that will push the limit of your riding prowess – not to mention your ability to perform in front of an audience.
This is Michigan’s only motor officer training and skills competition, and you’re invited.
A police-escorted success story
More than word of mouth, it is action that’s truly the best gauge of any competition’s staying power. For The Bikes on the Bricks Law Enforcement Skills Competition, seeing familiar faces intermingled with fresh ones really tells its story – one that’s closer to its beginning than its conclusion.
“Pretty much every (motor) officer that has attended in the past returns to compete again,” said Flint (Michigan) Police Sergeant Richard Besson, one of the organizers of the annual competition held during the Bikes on the Bricks festival in Flint, 60 miles north of Detroit. “Each year we’ve increased attendance both among officers and spectators. Last year’s event had officers from out of state for the first time; we have many officers returning and bringing more with them.”