A Bossier Sheriff’s Office deputy took home 2nd place in his division during his first-ever motorcycle competition at the 16th Annual Gulf Coast Police Motorcycle Skills Competition Oct. 7-11 in Gonzales, La.
Deputy Jonathan Colgin, along with Sgt. Jeff Pleasants from the Bossier Sheriff’s Office, competed in the competition last week against more than 140 deputies and officers from law enforcement agencies in nine different states. When the three days of practice and two days of competition were completed, Colgin was elated to hear he took 2nd place in the Novice division…impressive news for a deputy who has been riding motorcycles for the department for only three months.
“We were told the competition this year was one of the toughest in the country,” said Colgin, an eight-year veteran of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office. “It really makes us safer and allows us to bring back handling skills to pass on to the rest of the unit.” Competition consisted of a speed course, slow-ride course and challenge course.
The event also allowed riders like Colgin and Pleasants a chance to support a great cause. The motorcycle competition partners with Dream Day Foundation which raises money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and the deputies were able to meet some of the St. Jude patients and hear their success stories.
“That humbled all of us and brought things in perspective,” said Colgin.
During the first year of the competition, the group raised $12,000 for St. Jude, and this year, they raised nearly $100,000.
At last year’s competition, Pleasants, supervisor of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office traffic unit, took top honors in his Novice division. This year, he competed in the Expert division, and even though he didn’t place in the top tier this year, he was thankful for the experience.
“I am grateful to have had an opportunity to compete against some of the best riders in the nation and also have had the privilege to help the children at St. Jude,” said Pleasants. “Representing the Bossier Sheriff’s Office in south Louisiana is rewarding and an awesome experience, and we’re glad to have returned each time with accolades for our motorcycle handling talent.”