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Civilian Police Motorcycle Courses

Advanced Courses for Experienced Riders

Course Description

*New: The MMSC Civilian Police Motorcycle Course is now offered at Ridgewater College Willmar Campus in addition to the metro site Brooklyn Park at Hennepin Technical College.

View schedule and register for a course.  

Civilian Motor-Officer Course (CPMC) and Civilian Police Motorcycle Course — Level 2 (CPMC2) are advanced courses for experienced riders. Courses use the same techniques designed to train and keep police motor officers safe in any riding or traffic situation. Riders provide their own bikes and should have at least three years or 12,000 miles of experience. 

 "Conquering the Iron Cross" is one of the exercises of the CPMC, which participants hone tight low speed turning skills through a challenging Iron Cross set-up.


Civilian Police Motorcycle Course (CPMC) $75 

Course Drills

  • 40-mph brake-and-escape.

  • Brake control.

  •  Eye and body position.

  • Instantaneous stops.

  • The Intersection (Iron Cross).

  • J-turn and formation riding.

  • Low-speed clutch.

  • Slow and 30 mph offset weaves.

  • Throttle.

  • Tight and locked turns in confined spaces.

Civilian Police Motorcycle Course — Level 2 (CPMC2) $50 

For graduates of the Civilian Police Motorcycle Course, the CPMC2 adds new high challenge drills to further hone motorcycle control skills and confidence.

Course Drills

  • Bobby’s Back Door

  • Snowman; Brake and Escape

  • Swerve; Brake and Escape

Both civilian police motorcycle courses are unique to Minnesota. Courses are designed and tested by Rich Jackson, a police motor officer with the Minneapolis Police Department and MMSC rider coach.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Participants must be at least age 16.

  • Have a valid driver’s license with motorcycle endorsement.

  • Participants under age 18 must have parents sign a waiver form prior to instruction.

  • Participants ride their own motorcycle during the course. Motorcycles must be street legal, licensed, insured, and comply with the equipment requirements outlined in the Minnesota Motorcycle Manual.

  • Riders must furnish their own protective gear, including: DOT-approved helmet, eye protection, motorcycle jacket, heavy pants, full-fingered gloves and over-the-ankle footwear.

  • Rain gear is highly advisable.

This course does not meet state licensing requirements or those for riders under age 18.

Participants will need to demonstrate basic motorcycle competency at the beginning of the course in order to participate in the rest of the course. Participants must be proficient in the basic skills of clutch control, straight-line riding, turning, shifting and stopping.


Special Recommendations

Because of the advanced, low-speed nature of this course, it is recommended to prepare motorcycles for the course:
  • Fresh oil and filter.

  • Adjust and lubricate chain.

  • Tires worn no more than 50 percent.

  • Increase tire pressure 3-5 psi for the riding drills.

The CPMC and CPMC2 are offered at the Brooklyn Park and Willmar training sites.