MOULTRIE -- Don't be surprised when a Harley-Davidson motorcycle is parked in front of the Colquitt County Sheriff's Office.

That's right -- soon to be added to the CCSO fleet is a 2002 Harley-Davidson Road King. Ashley Bynum, one of three DARE officers in Colquitt County schools, will be the lucky guy.

Sheriff Al Whittington said he has wanted a two-wheeler for a while, but hasn't had a deputy with the needed qualifications. Officers must attend a week-long class for certification.

Bynum had motorcycle patrol training while he was an officer in Columbus, Ga.

The goal of DARE officers is to grab students' attention and be good role models for them. Showing up to a school on a Harley will definitely turn some heads, Whittington said.

Money seized in drug busts will be used to lease the bike, Whittington said.

"If you hear a Harley crank up, what do you do?" he asked. "You automatically look to see what it is."

Another Colquitt County DARE officer drives a Pontiac Firebird with custom graphics.

"We've had a lot of positive feedback from that little Firebird," Whittington said. "I wouldn't have it, but they (the students) love it."

Bynum said the measure isn't as outlandish as other law agencies.

"At least we didn't go out and spend $90,000 like Camden County did not too long ago," he said. "And if people get mad about it, we can turn it back in at the end of the year."

Camden County's DARE program purchased a Dodge Viper with a custom paint job this year.

Bynum said that the motorcycle, which is scheduled to arrive next week, can be used for funeral processions and parades, and possibly patrol if it's needed.

"But that won't be its main function," he said.

The motorcycle will make its debut at the Homecoming Parade through downtown Moultrie next week.

To contact reporter Kevin Liles, please call 985-4545, ext. 225.

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