Officer Villareale Wins First Place in Motorcycle Competition
Submitted by The Rutherford Police Department
Photo credits: Sgt. Julie Ann Ziegler
Officer Steven Villareale is no stranger to motorcycle training and skills competitions. Over the past seven years, he has competed each year and placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. From October 1st through the 3rd, 2020 Officer Steven Villareale competed in the 2020 North Jersey Motorcycle Training and Skills Competition at the Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus, New Jersey. This event is open to active and retired law enforcement as well as civilians. The categories to participate in are Novice, Intermediate, Expert for Active, Expert for Retired, and Expert for Civilians. Officer Villareale finished in 1st Place in the Expert for Active Law Enforcement category. This category entailed eight precision courses and one timed run.
Officer Villareale has been a Police Officer with the Rutherford Police Department for eighteen years. He successfully completed the Maryland State Police Basic Police Motorcycle Operations Course and became a Certified Motor Officer in 2014. In 2017 he completed the Maryland State Police Basic Police Motorcycle Operations/Instructor Course and is now an active Instructor with the Police Motor Officer Training Association. His role as an instructor is to train new motor officers and provide recertification to current motor officers along with his esteemed colleagues.
The Police Motor Officer Training Association, P.M.O.T.A., is a non-profit organization that hosts the basic and recertification police motorcycle training at the Bergen County Police Academy in Mahwah New Jersey. The Police Motor Officer Training Association is funded 100% by generous donations, the assignments permitted by various law enforcement agencies and the dedicated instructors that teach the course. Both the basic and recertification courses are currently free to all active law enforcement officers. Officers from all over the United States and Canada have attended the course. The courses are based on the standards of the Maryland State Police Motorcycle Unit which has become the standard with police motorcycle operations training.