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PBSC to hold 2nd annual motorcycle competition for police and civilian riders

Fifty competitors, including civilians and police officers from as far away as Canada, Louisiana and Wisconsin, will participate in Palm Beach State College’s 2024 Panther Prowl Motorcycle Rodeo March 14-16 at the Lake Worth campus. While riders must register and pay a fee to compete in the event, the public is invited to observe at no charge.

South Florida’s only combined civilian and law enforcement motorcycle competition, the rodeo will take place at the 4.5-acre defensive driving course (aka skid pad), which is part of Palm Beach State’s Public Safety Training Center. Two days of challenges, practice runs and training will be followed by a day of timed competitions and awards.  For more information, including rider registration and the daily event schedule, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/PBSCInvitational/motorcycle-rodeo.aspx.

A civilian and law enforcement rider navigate the skid pad obstacle course at PBSC’s 2023 motorcycle rodeo at the Lake Worth campus.

The public will see the most action on the culminating day, Saturday, March 16, which begins at 8 a.m. with opening ceremonies featuring the PBSC Criminal Justice Institute Color Guard and a blessing of the bikes. At 11 a.m., the Fort Lauderdale Motorcycle Drill Team will perform, followed by an afternoon of timed competitions and an awards presentation, concluding at 5 p.m. Those who wish to bring their motorcycle to be blessed must be in position at the skid pad by 7:30 a.m. Lunch will be available for purchase at Al Carbon and Grilled Cheese Nation food trucks on-site.

At the 2024 Panther Prowl Motorcycle Rodeo, licensed riders will train and improve their ability to handle the hazards of operating a 1000cc motorcycle. Skid pad obstacle courses will mimic hazards and roadway conditions, compelling riders to maneuver through twists and turns at slow and accelerated speeds. Participants currently include law enforcement riders from the Sheriff’s Offices of Broward, Osceola and Palm Beach Counties, Boca Raton Police Department, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office (Louisiana), and Lawrenceville Police Department (Georgia). Civilian riders are coming from all over Florida, plus Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey and Wisconsin, plus one from Ontario, Canada.

A law enforcement rider is observed by judges during a competition at PBSC’s first motorcycle rodeo in May 2023.

Held for the first time last year at the inaugural Palm Beach State College Invitational, the 2024 Panther Prowl Motorcycle Rodeo is considered part of the upcoming second annual invitational, scheduled for April 29 – May 4. The Palm Beach State College Invitational is a multiday, multidiscipline competitive event for members of public safety agencies to showcase their abilities, compete against their peers, and learn in a cooperative environment.

All rodeo proceeds will benefit the Palm Beach State College Criminal Justice Club, which supports students preparing for law enforcement careers in PBSC’s basic recruit academies. Palm Beach State is the leading educator of public safety professionals in Palm Beach County, offering degree and certificate programs in criminal justice, emergency medical services (including EMT and paramedic) and fire science, as well as various advanced, cross-over and career programs, such as Public Safety Telecommunications, which trains 911 dispatchers.

For more information or questions about the 2024 Panther Prowl Motorcycle Rodeo, please contact Tom Melnichok at 561-868-3405 or email melnicht@palmbeachstate.edu.

 

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