Harley-Davidson has been supplying police departments with motorcycles since 1908. Today 45 countries use Harley-Davidson motorcycles as part of their police force, and more than 3,400 police departments in the United States employ the bikes in their fight against crime. Harley-Davidson also provide specialist training for police using their motorcycles.
The 2011 range of Harley-Davidson motorcycles built specifically for police use is made up of the XL883L, the Electra Glide and the Road King.
The police editions of the motorbikes come with standard equipment that differs with models of bikes. For example, the Road King Police Edition comes with hard saddlebags with latches to provide easy access while the officer is seated on the bike, a breakaway windshield that detaches on impact to reduce injury to the driver, and an air-adjustable single saddle seat for improved comfort for daily riding.
Harley-Davidson also supplies the optional police equipment to fit the bikes. This optional equipment includes anti-lock braking system, engine guard bars, emergency kit and emergency pursuit lamp kit. Specialized paint jobs may incur an extra charge.