City The Future of Policing
posted by July 15 at 14:05 PMon
The Seattle Police Department—perhaps taking a cue from Wall-E—is preparing its officers for a world without walking.
SPD’s parking enforcement team is testing a new, three-wheeled Segway-like scooter, which could be deployed for patrol use.
It looks like this.
In March, the city purchased six Segways for parking enforcement, for $5,000 each. These new three-wheeled scooters, made by T3 Motion, have a max speed of 18mph—the Segway only goes about 12.5mph—and cost $11,500.
SPD Spokesman Mark Jamieson says the department is only testing the units, but they could end up in the hands of patrol units on Broadway or the bomb/arson squads, who often lug around heavy equipment in the field. “It’s a case where we have an opportunity to demo them and see what the pros and the cons are,” Jamieson says. “And if that is something we’ll want to explore later, we’ll tailor it to our needs.”
Jamieson says the department trials of the T3 units will end the second week of August. Soon after, SPD’s bike patrols are also expected to begin testing new equipment.