The Cumberland Police Department has utilized motorcycles in the patrol division since 1997. In 2008, the department was able to obtain two Harley Davidson Police motorcycles, replacing the two older units that had been in service since the inception of the program. The department was able to offset the costs of the motorcycles by selling the two older units that still held value to motorcycle enthusiasts.
The units are operated by officers who are certified police motorcycle operators. The units are used on patrol and are often called upon to lead various parades or attend special events held in the city. The motorcycles are also placed on display at special events such as job fairs, schools, summer camp demonstrations and recruiting efforts. In 2022, there were nine (9) incidents where a motorcycle patrol incident was generated. The most notable events the Motorcycle Unit participated in were leading the Great Allegany Run into the city and leading America’s 9/11 Ride through the City of Cumberland. PFC. Michael Bise and Ptl. Benjamin Click are in the unit that is supervised by Lt. Andrew Tichnell.