Timing is always a weird thing.
Just this morning, Nolan (Blade education reporter) was asking me if the new motorcycle unit was out because he'd seen officers in uniform riding bikes around Erie Street. News to me, I said. I hadn't seen anyone out let alone heard they were officially in action.
As I was leaving the Safety Building this morning, I saw a few motorcycles parked out back, so, naturally, I scoped them out looking for TPD decals or anything to indicate that they might be for the new unit.
Then I saw a man in a Toledo police jacket standing near a bike, wearing a helmet, and so I asked him if he knew where any of the bikes were.
This is one, he said.
The officer, who I learned was Sgt. Tyson Coates, said the officers in the new unit were out training and that it wouldn't be too long before they are fully functional and seeing serious road time. They're waiting to complete training and for some additional equipment to be put on the bikes.