Officers and deputies from 24 agencies are in Tucson this week to test their skills on two wheels during the annual Southwest Police Motorcycle Training & Competition.

The competition, which began Friday and continues today, is free and open to the public. As many as 125 motorcycle officers will participate in riding competitions in an annex parking lot at Park Place mall, 5870 E. Broadway, Deputy Tom Peine, spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff's Department, said in a news release.

The competition was started by the Tucson Police Department in 1997, according to its website, "to bring motorcycle police officers together in an exchange of training techniques, while competing in a friendly skills competition." The annual event rotates among Tucson, Phoenix and Las Vegas.

Kimberly Matas