The Daytona Beach Police Department, an agency that protects and serves in a city that plays host to major events such as Speed Week, the Daytona 500, Spring Break, and Bike Week, will begin patrolling on Victory Police Motorcycles (VPM) starting this fall.
The Daytona Beach City Commission voted unanimously in May to support the recommendation of Police Chief Michael Chitwood and approve the switch to Victory Police Motorcycles starting Oct. 1, 2014. The police department’s motor officers will be patrolling on a fleet of 12 Commander I VPM models, which are based on the Victory Cross Country.
The department is switching to Victory Police Motorcycles after its current lease to use Harley-Davidson motorcycles expires.
Victory Police Motorcycles is a Tucson, Arizona-based company that acquires motorcycles from Victory and equips them to suit the specific needs of individual agencies. The VPM staff typically equips a Victory Cross Country, Cross Roads, or Victory Vision with equipment such as lights, radio, and siren, a secondary battery to power that electronic equipment, and custom paint that features the agency’s logo. Additional accessories can include tip-over protection, a skid plate, firearms and radar gun holsters, alternate windshield styles, and more.
“We admire the great work of the Daytona Beach Police Department and are excited that they will soon enjoy the numerous competitive advantages the Victory Motorcycles provide,” said Steve Menneto, VP Motorcycles for Polaris. “It’s rewarding to have such a world-class department choose Victory Police Motorcycles.”
The Daytona Beach Police Department’s Commander I models will each be equipped with LED lights, a radio box, and a siren, and they will feature the department’s striking custom paint scheme and famous logo. Volusia Motorsports, the Victory dealership in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, will provide service and regular maintenance for the fleet.