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Joe Langenbacker:  Instructor/Owner of R.I.D.E.

25 years of law enforcement experience, over half of which was spent on Police Motors

Retired Captain/Motor Officer from Gulfport PD

Adjunct Instructor for the past 15 years with Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, which is a program that travels the United States training motor officers

"As a retired motor officer and a certified Police Motorcycle Instructor, I have had the opportunity to train many officers across the country.  I know that these skills work.  That is why the staff members of R.I.D.E. want to provide you with the skills necessary to survive dangerous encounters while enjoying motorcycle riding.  We are so dedicated to training the civilian rider that our policy is:  Once you complete any level of our training at R.I.D.E., we invite you back any and every weekend that motorcycles are available to come practice your skills.  We do this at no cost.  That's correct, we provide you with a motorcycle and you may practice FREE!"

 

R.I.D.E. Staff - Gulfport, MS

 


 

Brian Smith:  Instructor

27 years of law enforcement experience; 20 years of Police Motorcycle riding and instructing Police Motorcycle Operators

Currently a Lieutenant from Gulfport PD

Adjunct Instructor with Northwestern University Center for Public Safety

Have been certified twice in 20 years as an instructor with Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF)

"Having spent the better part of my adult life riding and teaching Police Motorcycle Officers, the one thing that I have learned is that the riding and survival skills that are taught to the Police Motor Officers are something that can easily be transferred to the civilian rider.  As a staff instructor with R.I.D.E., I continue to have the satisfaction and pleasure of teaching students of our classes how to become the safest motorcycle operator that they can possibly be.  I don't believe that you will find a more dedicated staff of instructors who have the genuine passion to teach than you will find in the instruction of R.I.D.E.!  Hope to see you soon!"

 

 

Roger Gibson:  Instructor

A police officer of 20 years and a Police Motor Officer for the past 15 years

"I was fortunate enough to complete the Police Motorcycle course in 1994. Then in 1996, I completed the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety Police Motorcycle course and attained the status as Instructor. I have been teaching ever since and my belief is 'You teach people to ride a motorcycle the correct way and you DO NOT cut corners, regardless of the situation'. I have also been employed with R.I.D.E. Motor School since its beginning."

"We as instructors here at R.I.D.E. Motor School have a saying: 'You don't talk the talk, unless you can walk the walk'. With that saying, we are very sincere here at R.I.D.E. Motor School to make sure we teach our students the proper and safe way to ride motorcycles. The single most greatest thrill is the satisfaction of seeing a student complete the course and becoming a safe rider. I truly believe you will never find a better class of dedicated instructors than that of here at R.I.D.E. Motor School. So please get registered and come see what it's all about. Even if you are a veteran rider of a motorcycle, you too can still learn new and safer ways to have fun on your personal bike."

"PLEASE remember this last thing...if you ever think in your mind that you already know all you need to know about riding your motorcycle, then this may be the time for you to look at riding more on four wheels than two. Come see me at R.I.D.E. to see what we offer..."

 

 

 

 

Todd Wallis:  Instructor

12 years of law enforcement experience, 9 of which was spent on Police Motors

Currently a Motor Officer from Gulfport PD

Adjunct Instructor with Northwestern University Center for Public Safety

 

 

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Andy Taylor:  Instructor
Currently a Motor Officer from Gulfport PD

 

 

Ron Hilton:  Instructor

Retired from Biloxi Police Department after 25 years; 13 years Police Motorcycle Operator experience

Currently a Biloxi V.A. Police Officer

"I attended Police Motorcycle Operator School in 1993 instructed by Brian and Joe.  I later had the opportunity to become a Police Motorcycle Operator Instructor by attending Northwestern Traffic Institute, aka, Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, again instructed by Joe.  I was given a chance to continue to instruct safe motorcycle operating skills after retiring from the Biloxi Police Department.  I continue to ride my privately owned motorcycles, from commuting to work to enjoying the camaraderie of a shared interest with other motorcyclists and friends.  Everyday that I ride, I use the skills that are included in this course to safely make it home at the end of the ride.  I look forward to meeting you and passing these riding skills on to you."


 

  

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Beth Howton:  Registration

Completed Level I of R.I.D.E. Motor School

 

 

R.I.D.E. Staff - Birmingham, AL & Heart of Dixie Harley-Davidson in Pelham, AL

 

 

Brian Nelson:  Instructor/Director of Alabama Division

17 years of law enforcement experience, 14 years on Police Motors

Current Sergeant/Motor Officer with Hoover PD

Adjunct Instructor with Northwestern University Center for Public Safety

Instructor Certifications from IPTM at the University of North Florida and Northwestern University's Center for Public Safety

"As a Police Motorcycle Instructor, I have had the opportunity to train many officers from multiple agencies in the State of Alabama through the Hoover Police Department's Motorcycle Training Program as well as officers from around the country with Northwestern University.  The techniques we teach to those Motor Officers are the same techniques we will teach you at R.I.D.E. Motor School.  These techniques are proven and I can say with confidence that they have saved many lives of both law enforcement and civilian riders.  Proper training is my passion and I am dedicated to teaching these life saving techniques to both new and seasoned riders.  Our motto of 'Saving Lives Through Training' could not be more true."

 

Mark Hearn:  Instructor

25 years of law enforcement experience, 16 years on Police Motors

Retired Motor Officer with Hoover PD

Instructor certification from IPTM at the University of North Florida and a certified MSF instructor

 

 

Mike Hearn:  Assistant Instructor

Completed all 3 levels of R.I.D.E. Motor School's Operator Course.  Completed MSF's Basic and Experienced Rider Courses.  Mike is also a graduate of the 80 hour Basic Police Motorcycle Officer's Course.  As a civilian, this is a remarkable accomplishment and a testament to his riding abilities.

 

 

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Collin Nelson:  Registration

Completed Level I of R.I.D.E. Motor School

Students Must Bring

  • D.O.T. approved helmet
  • Boots or shoes that cover the ankles (boots preferred)
  • Full-fingered gloves
  • Shirt with long sleeves or jacket
  • Eye protection (sun glasses, prescription or helmet with face shield)
  • Long pants, preferably denim

INSTRUCTORS

R.I.D.E. staff instructors have over 100 years of combined Police Motorcyle riding and have trained over 1,000 police officers nationwide.
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