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Newberg motor officer earns top marks
Officer Huntley Miller places first in three categories for riding skills
At the recent annual North American Motor Officers Association training conference, officers have an opportunity to train and improve their skills, but perhaps more important, its an opportunity for supporting companies to showcase new products and services available for police.
This year, about 110 officers attended the conference and competed against one another in five skills courses. Newberg-Dundee Police Officer Huntley Miller took home first place in three of those competitions.
Miller placed first in the Honda Slow Race, Honda Proficiency Course and was named Honda Top Rider.
The slow race is exactly as it sounds, requiring balance and focus as participants take as long as possible to get from start to finish.
As for the proficiency course, riders are tested on a combination of patterns seen day to day on the job.
All courses have to be ridden on the bike used for duty, said NDPD Capt. Jeff Kosmicki. This means the awards are broken into classes: Harley Davidson, Kawasaki, Honda, BMW and Victory. Miller rides a Honda.
Miller has worked for the NDPD since November 2004. He was assigned to the motors program in May 2007 and became a motorcycle instructor in 2011.
To learn more about the conference, visit www.namoa.org.