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Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Salt Lake City police officer Rob Hinds lifts up his bike while practicing riding at motor school for officers interested in assignment to the motorcycle squad at Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Police Department on Friday began its annual motor school for officers interested in assignment to the motorcycle squad. Officers trained at the Utah State Fairpark, where the unit has trained for more than 23 years.

The purpose of the two-week school is to make certain that each candidate can operate a motorcycle under different scenarios encountered by motor officers. Riders must prove their skill by successfully navigating a variety of obstacle courses, as well as pass a braking exam. The overall proficiency in each of the exams must be 90 percent to pass.