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Chandler mechanics now able to work on police motorcycles

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Posted: Monday, March 3, 2008 11:59 pm | Updated: 12:07 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Mechanics employed by Chandler are now free to work on all police motorcycles patrolling city streets.Until recently, the city's mechanics lacked the training to turn a single screw on the brand of motorcycle largely used by local law enforcement.

Hondas make up more than half of the city's fleet - about 13 of the 21 motorbikes in the police department.

But restrictions on the technicians were lifted last month when the city cut a deal with Honda to send four of its mechanics through a certified training program.

Jim Phipps, a city spokesman, said the group was sent to California and were the first non-Honda employees in the country allowed to enter the program.

This has not only made it more convenient for the city to stay on top of basic maintenance, but also has also saved the city some money.

Before the Chandler mechanics completed the training program, the city paid local Honda dealers $80 an hour to do the work. Now, the city can do the work for about half that cost.

The Chandler technicians earn between $21 and $28 an hour, according to city officials.

Jane Poston, a spokeswoman for the city, said it's not unusual for cities to farm out work to the private sector. She said the city is more concerned about the safety of its officers and the quality of its equipment.

"Officer safety is the first thing we look at when purchasing this type of equipment," she said.

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