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Coppell Police Motorcycle Competition This Weekend

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COPPELL (CBS 11 NEWS) – About 60 riders are expected to roll into Coppell for a rodeo. Not the kind with animals. This one involves motorcycles.

Officers from around the state, and some from out of the state, will compete for top prizes in the 5th Annual Coppell Police Motorcycle Competition. That’s the official name, but a lot of people also call it the Police Motorcycle Rodeo because the riders have to maneuver around strategically-placed cones while vying for the fastest time. Things like knocking over an orange cone or putting a foot down will equal a one-second deduction.

The event could bring in around 5,000 spectators. It’s a 3-day-long event, with Saturday being the main attraction. On Wednesday March 13 and 14, officers will train on the different courses from 8am-4pm. On Saturday March 16, the competition will begin. The event is free, and guests are invited to come watch the practices before the Saturday event.

This year, organizers hope to raise at least $25,000 for Metroplex C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors), a charity that “Steps in when an officer is killed in the line of duty,” Said Coppell Police Officer Josh Jackson. “They help the family with all sorts of things from counseling to summer camp for kids, helping with paperwork to so many other things.”

By competing, the Texas officers will also be able to earn required TCLEOSE police motorcycle credits.

Practice sessions and the big event all take place at Wagon Wheel Park in Coppell.

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