Feb 12, 2013 5:35 PM by Caroline Lowe

First female motorcycle officer to patrol Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara police now have their first female motorcycle officer on patrol.

Officer Tiffany Keller passed an intense, two-week course Tuesday morning at the Earl Warren Fairgrounds in Santa Barbara.

The tests included being able to pick up a 750-pound bike.

Santa Barbara Sgt. Riley Harwood said Officer Keller had never driven a motorcycle before taking the course.

She is 32-years-old and has been on the SBPD for more than four years.

Officer Keller will be assigned part-time to the motorcycle unit where she will be used for special events and directed patrols. She will also continue her previous assignment patrolling the city in a squad car.

"We are very proud ," said Sgt. Harwood regarding Officer Keller's achievement.



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