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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Salt Lake City Police Department's motorcycle squad is preparing for a centennial celebration.
Around 15 officers practiced their bike skills Tuesday in a bi-annual, recertification program.
The squad is honing its skills for parade season and for a summer exhibition celebrating its 100th anniversary.
Instructor Robert Hawke says it's important for the officers to learn skills at slow speeds before taking them to the streets.
"They need to be very alert, and they don't have time to worry about these small things," he said. "They need to have this dialed right in, and that's what we're doing today, is keep them proficient in these small little details."
Members of this elite squad go through a rigorous application process, followed by a two-week motorcycle training course.