Skills on Wheels

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Cpl. Ken Donais works to keep drivers safe on the roads every day.

“I’ve been with the PD for about 28 years, on motors for several years,” said Cpl. Donais. “Our daily duties are working traffic at high extent locations, high-speed locations.”

When he is not patrolling the streets of Amarillo, he is practicing and competing in motorcycle rodeos.

“We train on this stuff every chance we get here. It is just to a different level when you go compete because it is not just precision, it is speed and precision, so it is how fast can you run it, no cones and fastest times,” he said.

Cpl. Donais has won several competitions and plans to win more. He told us if it was not for the police department, he would not be where he is.

“They are the ones that allowed me to get the start. If I had never made it on motors and got to see this part of it, I would never be where I am now,” said Cpl. Donais.

Along with his practice helping keep his skills and confidence strong on his bike, he is also able to use that accuracy while working day-to-day.

“There are lots of times at intersections that if we have to get to somebody, like an officer is calling for help, we can go between cars and our ability to know that we have done that, we know how tight we can ride, we can zip through those cars between the intersection and keep going,” said Cpl Donais.

Cpl. Donais uses his own bike while competing but does sport his Amarillo Police uniform.

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