Officer James Langford, a 12-year veteran of the department, was on a training ride when the incident occurred about 3:30 p.m. on Highway 58, just west of Highway 33, according to a press release. Langford, 35, lost control of the motorcycle, according to police. No other vehicles were involved.
Langford was airlifted to a local hospital after the collision, the cause of which was being investigated by the California Highway Patrol.
The volume of support from the Kern County Sheriff's Office, Bakersfield Police Department, and the California Highway Patrol has been tremendous," said Oxnard Police Chief Scott Whitney.
The injured officer has been assigned to the department's Traffic Unit since December 2016, the police statement said. Langford is married and has four children.