Bossier Deputy takes top honor at Motorcycle Skills Championship
A Bossier Sheriff’s deputy has won first place in his division in the Gulf Coast Police Motorcycle Skills Championship this past weekend.
Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington presented a plaque to Sgt. Jeff Pleasants Monday for winning first place in his division (Division II: Novice) in the 15th Annual Gulf Coast Police Motorcycle Skills Championship in Gonzales, La., over the weekend.
This was Pleasants’ first time to participate in event, which partners with Dream Day Foundation to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. He was among 140 motorcycle officers from nine states, including three officers from Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office, who competed in the week-long event which culminated Friday and Saturday with a speed course, a slow-ride course and a challenge course.
“I wanted to have an opportunity to compete against some of the best riders in the nation and also have the unique opportunity for us to help the children at St. Jude,” said Pleasants, who has ridden motorcycles for the Bossier Sheriff’s Office for the past eight years.
At the awards banquet Saturday night, Pleasants said he was extremely proud to represent the Bossier Sheriff’s Office and receive his award. “When they call your name and you go up there, it’s a humbling experience,” he said. “You’re among so many great riders, and I was just hoping to learn something from them