The Houston Police Department Motorcycle Detail better known as “SOLO Detail” was established in 1909 to address the growing traffic concerns in downtown Houston.
In 2005 the detail was reassigned to the Mobility Incident Management Division which was created in recognition of the fact that mobility is a significant public safety and quality of life issue.
The SOLO Detail consists of 40 riding officers and 4 riding sergeants. They are tasked with patrolling the freeway, conducting escorts and dignitary protection. Each motorcycle officer completes 40 hours of initial training when selected to the unit. Additionally, officers participate in a 16-hour yearly re-certification and 4-hour monthly refresher course. Training is a primary concern of the detail due to the hazardous nature of the assignment. Officers focus on handling the motorcycle at slow speeds, evasive maneuvers and braking techniques.
Officers for this detail are selected when an opening occurs and they must possess a valid Texas Class M license, have excellent work and attendance history with a minimum of two years experience as an officer. Furthermore, they must have a willingness to work flexible hours and shifts in inclement weather. Applicants must also pass a riding evaluation to demonstrate their ability to operate a motorcycle over a course designed to evaluate basic motorcycle riding skills.