David Kinaan graduated as Valedictorian from the California Highway Patrol Academy in 1984, and was assigned to patrol duties in the Central Los Angeles Area. There, in addition to motorcycle patrol duties, he performed Vehicle Identification Number Verification, Field Training Officer, Protective Services Detail, Impaired Driver
Task Force, Physical Methods of Arrest Instructor, Certified Motorcycle Training Officer, Drug Recognition Expert, and Incident Response Team. He was selected as the Central Los Angeles Area Officer of the Year in 1993, and again in 1994.
David Kinaan promoted to sergeant in 1995, and after a short assignment at the CHP’s Southern Division Headquarters, he supervised the South Los Angeles Area motorcycle squad. There, he received the Governor’s Employee Safety Award when the South Los Angeles Motorcycle Squad, at the time the largest motorcycle squad in the CHP, completed a year without a motorcycle collision. In 2003, he transferred to the Westminster Area and continued to supervise motorcycle officers until, in 2004; he was selected to supervise the Physical Training Staff at the CHP Academy. In 2006, Sergeant Kinaan returned to motorcycle duty and reported to the North Sacramento Area. In 2008, Sergeant Kinaan was selected to supervise the Motorcycle Training Unit at the CHP Academy. He was recognized and the CHP’s Subject Matter Expert for motorcycle training and testing and reported to the Department’s Occupational Safety Board, and Motor Vehicle Advisory Board. He was selected by Department’s Occupational Safety Board, Motorcycle Safety Sub-Committee, to script, direct and produce a motorcycle safety DVD for escort operations. He also reported to California Peace Officer Standards and Training, POST, Vehicle Operations and Training Advisory Council, and Motor Officer Training and Operations Review for Safety sub-committee. Sergeant Kinaan served as the supervisor of the Motorcycle Training Unit until his retirement in 2012.
Since retiring, David Kinaan has remained active in public safety motorcycle operations. David Kinaan assisted the CHP during performance testing of the 2013 Harley Davidson FLHTP. He has published articles on Motorcycle Training and Motorcycle Safety in Police One and various other law enforcement and civilian publications. David Kinaan is currently a Quality Assurance Technician with Kawasaki Motors Corporation and is involved in modification and testing of Kawasaki’s CG1400 Police Motorcycle. David Kinaan also consults with various entities throughout the nation, and provides expert witness testimony, on all matters related to motorcycle operations in enforcement and emergency services.
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Keeping motor cops safe with a break-in program–
Prior to deploying motorcycles, a department should seek out a training school that provides thorough and challenging training — look for schools that include a field break-in period or that could help you set up a motorcycle break-in program