The St. Paul Police Department may use the Segway electric scooter for everything from skyway patrols in winter to special-event security or parking enforcement during warmer weather, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Mall of America visitors may see cops on Segways, too. A company is lending two scooters to the Bloomington. Mn., Police Department.
Cops on Segways are increasingly common sights in cities like Chicago, Philadelphia, and Hartford, Conn. In Del Ray Beach, Fl., north of Fort Lauderdale, police bought two Segways for security patrols at festivals and other outdoor community events. At least one Segway will be used for neighborhood patrols, officer Jeff Messer said. “It’s silent,” Messer said, “and goes up or down alleyways more quickly. An officer can ride 12 miles an hour as far as he can after a burglar, then jump off. The burglar will be winded. It’s going to be pretty cool once we catch some people.”
At Loyola University in Chicago, one Segway patrol complements mountain-bike patrols on two campuses less than a mile apart. Said school Police Chief Patrick Bailey. “We go right into a building, up an elevator and up to different floors. It absolutely cuts down on all sorts of time.”