On that sweltering afternoon i was reminded that safety is a function of at least three factors: skills, safe equipment and brains. my officer friend and Palladino correctly stress the importance of good riding skills, and they are certainly critical. clearly, few motorcyclists possess the technical mastery of motor officers, although we could ride more proficiently with a little more focused practice. Also, few people have the wealth of on-street experience and hence the knowledge of motor officers. However, how many officers do you see wearing protective equipment, especially in the summer? most tool around in short sleeves. sure, it's hotter than hell in the summer on a bike, but there are perforated jackets with armor that would not hinder access to their weapons and other items on their duty belts. After all, they do ride in jackets in the winter.