By: Meredith Hillgartner
Sergeant Todd Peckham has a pretty cool job.
“I get paid to ride a Harley,” Peckham said.
For the last 12 years Peckham has been a motorcycle officer for the Lubbock Police Department.
When they offered motorcycles as a choice in the police academy Peckham said he jumped at the chance.
“I’ve always liked motorcycles,” Peckham said. “It is a challenge and it is fun, it is exciting.”
Sometimes Peckham escorts for funerals or football games but most of his job has to do with traffic enforcement.
“There was a stop I made and the lady pulled to the right shoulder in the dirt,” Peckham said. “I set my bike up behind her, as soon as I got off of it, it fell over onto its side. There is a specialized motor school for police motors. It’s a 56 hour class, it’s very very difficult; probably the most difficult thing I have ever had to do.”
Peckham said it is hard to get over the fear of falling at first but training helps.
“It’s not normal,” Peckham said. “The maneuvers and low speed leans we have to do on motorcycles it’s just not natural. It’s very hard to overcome the fears of dropping the motorcycle or
Peckham said he has gotten over his fear and now he isn’t afraid to push limits.
The fastest he has ever gone is 110 miles per hour.
And every two years Peckham and his fellow officers get a new motorcycle.
“It’s like a kid with a new toy,” Peckham said. “It is good stuff.”