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Mantecas motorcycle cops do well in challenge
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Manteca Police motor sergeant Nick Obligacion rides across the “see-saw” balance beam in the challenge. - photo by Photo Contributed
Two Manteca Police motorcycle officers won first and second place honors in last weekend’s Sixth Annual Extreme Motor Officer Training Challenge in Carson City, Nevada.

Manteca Sergeant Nick Obligacion took a first place in the Road King Division and another first in the Harley team competition.

“The biggest challenge is yourself,” Obligacion said.  “When you’re staged and getting ready to go with some 200 people watching – you want to throw up.  But when you let go of the clutch and turn the throttle it all goes pretty smooth,” he said.

He said he always gets nervous before starting a competition.

Officer David Bright was awarded a second place in the Road King Division for his riding proficiency in the competition.  Officer Bill Walmer also competed in the weekend competition – it was his first.  He was complimented for doing very well as he has been riding for only three months.

Police officers competing in the event came from as far away as the Nevada Highway Patrol and Las Vegas metro.  Tracy, Elk Grove, San Jose and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.

Many officers bring their entire family along for a weekend of fun for them as well.  

The motorcycle officer challenge was hosted by the Carson City Sheriff’s Office.

Manteca officers will be competing next on July 11, in the fourth annual Oakland Police Department’s Memorial Police Training and Skills Competition.  Five motorcycle officers from Manteca will be going to that event.

The skills course competition begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday with the intersection competition to follow after a lunch break.

Manteca officers pay for their own transportation to the competitions as well as for their meals and lodging.  Their duty time at the competitive events is treated as flex time for a training day that would otherwise be conducted in or around Manteca.  There is no extra cost to the city for the weekend competitions.