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Re­dondo Beach Mo­tor Of­fi­cer Bill Turner is an en­thu­si­ast … of mo­tor­cy­cles, pub­lic safety and of­fi­cer safety. His 25 years on the force is a tes­ta­ment to all of the above. In the fol­low­ing story, the 46-year-old of­fi­cer, who is mar­ried with two chil­dren, dis­cusses the new shields.

Ques­tion: We un­der­stand that your agency is the first to use the Rapid De­ploy­able Shields.

An­swer: The prod­ucts we are us­ing on the Africa Twin are so new that we have the first in the field. U.S. Ar­mor will be mak­ing them avail­able for pro­duc­tion im­me­di­ately.

Ques­tion: What makes them unique?

An­swer: They are the first ar­mor prod­ucts built specif­i­cally for LE and for use on mo­tor­cy­cles. How­ever, the prod­ucts have mul­ti­ple ap­pli­ca­tions and can be pur­chased and car­ried in the trunk of a ve­hi­cle to be de­ployed as needed.

Ques­tion: What are your ini­tial thoughts and im­pres­sions?

An­swer: I love the prod­uct. You don’t no­tice them when you are rid­ing the mo­tor­cy­cle, and any time you can have an ex­tra level of pro­tec­tion (body ar­mor with a 3A rat­ing) that is de­ploy­able and can be used in mul­ti­ple dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios/ap­pli­ca­tions, it’s a win-win for all law en­force­ment and the pub­lic.

Ques­tion: When rid­ing, you don’t no­tice any dif­fer­ence?

An­swer: Each piece of ar­mor is car­ried in a sep­a­rate bag on each side of the bike; there­fore, weight is not an is­sue be­cause they com­pletely bal­ance them­selves out. I don’t no­tice the weight when rid­ing the mo­tor­cy­cle.

Ques­tion: How do these im­pact your ser­vice?

An­swer: The ul­ti­mate goal of the Re­dondo Beach Po­lice De­part­ment (and hope­fully all po­lice agen­cies) is to pro­vide the pub­lic a ser­vice they can­not live with­out! This new mo­tor­cy­cle and de­ploy­able ar­mor are just two of the many tools that help us do that.

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