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Marysville police, Tulalip Resort hosting North American Motor Officer Association

TULALIP — The Marysville Police Department is once again teaming up with several other law enforcement agencies to present the North American Motor Officer Association Training Conference.

James Maples, chair of this year's NAMOA Training Conference in Marysville, explained that as many as 150 motorcycle police officers from Washington, Oregon and Idaho, as well as British Columbia and Alberta in Canada, will train and compete at the conference, which the Tulalip Resort Hotel and Casino will host from May 13-15.

NAMOA is a non-profit organization with a membership base of approximately 400 motorcycle police officers from the aforementioned states and provinces. Since its founding in 1984, NAMOA has offered yearly training opportunities to the motorcycle police community, including annual international training symposiums.

NAMOA allows motor officers from around the region to keep in touch about training and operational issues that their profession, as well as the inherent dangers of being a motor officer. Its yearly training conference rotates between its states and provinces, and last year, Marysville bid and won to host the Washington conference in 2010.

The conference is entirely funded by sponsorships and vendors, and is open to the public. On May 15, participating motor officers will do a memorial ride from the Tulalip Resort Hotel to Fourth Street, head north on State Avenue to Sound Harley Davidson, and then return to the hotel.

"The community is welcome to stop by for a minute, or for the whole day, and watch some pretty amazing riding skills," Maples said. "This event also falls on Law Enforcement Memorial Week, which makes us proud that so many of the law enforcement officers present will be from Marysville."

NAMOA is also collecting food for the Marysville Community Food Bank, and attendees are encouraged to bring food items to the event to donate.

Marysville Web site designer Jordan Lee provided his services free of charge to create a Web page for the event which provids information about the event, as well as its sponsors and vendors, and an avenue for motor officers to register.

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