Motor officers, also known as police bikers, are police units designated to use police motorcycles in patrols. Motor officers tend to don different police attire, typically wearing a helmet and boots, but otherwise behave in roughly the same manner as normal patrol car policemen. Throughout the series, only Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories have featured motor officers.
GTA San Andreas
Motor officers in the game ride HPV-1000 motorcycles, which, like other motorbikes, are far more maneuverable, agile and compact than cars. The use of motorcycles also allows them to shoot at any direction from their bike while pursuing a criminal, even with only a one-star wanted level.
They come with uniforms consisting of a black with white turtle shell helmet, black leather jacket, biker boots, sunglasses, fingerless gloves and black striped pants, are armed with nightsticks and pistols, and are depicted as African American men (with African American accents). Their attire, as well as their choice of motorcycle, apparently mirrors those used by Los Angeles motor officer units during the early 1990s, as well as the depiction of both a T-1000 assuming the guise of a motorcycle officers in 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgment Day and one of the "Death Squad" SFPD motorcycle officers from the 1973 film Magnum Force.
Like SWAT teams, motor officers in GTA San Andreas are the only police force around the state of San Andreas that are consistent in all areas. (e.g. Country/Desert Police are found in respective areas and each city has a different police force). For that reason, they sport San Andreas Police Department markings.
Motor officers behave like all other members of the police, and will brandish a gun if you brandish one, the only extra behavior perk is that they will shoot you from their bikes regardless of your wanted level. Motor officers usually chase you when you have a one-two star wanted level. They will more often than not back off after you get too many stars.
GTA Vice City Stories
Motor officers in GTA Vice City Stories are similar to those in GTA San Andreas in various regards. They don similar equipment, including a beige turtle shell helmet, sunglasses and boots (but otherwise feature the same beige-and-brown Vice City Police Department uniforms), as well as the standard issue nightsticks and pistols. However, the police ride VCPD Wintergreens, a police variant of the Wintergreen.
As are motor officers in GTA San Andreas, GTA Vice City Stories's counterpart will only chase you at a one to two star wanted level, until faster, stronger, and all around better Police Cars arrive to chase you.
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The beta version, in a pre-release screenshot.
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GTA San Andreas' motor officer on foot.
A motor officer fighting a street criminal.