Toronto students kicked it into high gear on dirt bikes and ATVs recently as part of a day-long adventure alongside police officers.
Deputy Chief Mark Saunders led a contingent of Toronto Traffic Services Motor Squad officers and Harwood Public School students to learn how to ride at the Horseshoe Riding Adventures at Horseshoe Resort north of Barrie on June 9.
Although many of the officers knew how to ride motorcycles, some had never had the experience of riding dirt bikes and learned alongside kids.
“Everyone had a blast. The kids came in a little timid and nervous when they were first presented with the bikes,” Traffic Services Constable Jenelle Higo said. “But at the end of the day they were walking proud and comfortable on their bikes. I think they amazed themselves at how well they did. And the officers got to build a positive relationship with students.”
Higo said the Horseshoe Riding Adventures instructors, who donated their services for the day, made everyone feel safe and secure on their rides.
“They drilled into the kids that safety is first,” Higo said. “It’s something that is very important to us as motorcycle officers.
“They learned to stop, go, and maneuver on the training pad,” said Higo, before heading out on private trails to show off their new skills.
ProAction Cops & Kids also sponsored the event. The non-profit helps connect police officers with youth.