Cops in Ariz. city now equipped with AR-15s mounted on motorcycles Andrew Eager March 26, 2018 Current Events This post was originally published on this siteBy PoliceOne Staff TEMPE, Ariz. — Motorcops in an Arizona city are catching the attention of some drivers with their new equipment. The Phoenix New Times reports that the Tempe PD has equipped eight of its duty motorcycles – more than half – with upright mounts for rifles. Tempe police Commander Michael Pooley said the idea was brought up by Chief Sylvia Moore when she was hired in 2016, and that officers embraced the idea. Pooley said sometimes a motorcop is the first LEO to arrive at the source of trouble, and will now be properly armed for any situation. The commander said sometimes pistols aren’t enough, especially when criminals are using heavier weapons. Pooley said with the patrol rifle on full public display, the agency was prepared for potential backlash. But Pooley said the agency has “gotten a lot of positive feedback” from the community since deploying them. The mounts for the rifles are secure and do not allow easy access by the public, he said. So far, no officers have had to fire their AR-15, but a few did have to draw them in the past few months. Tempe Cops Are Now Packing AR-15s on Their Motorcycles https://t.co/jjcUmxyxFR pic.twitter.com/9A7eEU1I2a — AZ – Carla Hoggard (@CarlaHoggard) March 26, 2018 Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.