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Segway Personal Transporter

NCJ Number
Law and Order Volume: 54 Issue: 12 Dated: December 2006 Pages: 36-38,40-42,44,45
Kevin Gordon
Date Published
December 2006
8 pages
This article describes the Segway Personal Transporter (PT) and the benefits to adding the Segway PT to any police department inventory, as well as training for use of the Segway PT.
Public safety’s use of the Segway Personal Transporter (PT) has continued to grow as law enforcement realizes its potential. Segway has a distribution network of 100 United States authorized dealers and 38 authorized distributors with dealers in 55 countries. More than 150 police and security agencies presently use the Segway PT. The Segway PT is a self-balancing, two-wheeled upright transport vehicle. The patrol and community capabilities of the Segway PT have now been proved by some of the largest police forces in the United States, and the environmental profile of the product enables agencies to reduce fuel costs and vehicle emissions. The new Segway PT model uses Smart Motion Technology. It weighs about 105 pounds, making it light enough to store in the trunk of a typical squad car. Recently, Segway signed its largest municipal contract with the city of Chicago. With the ground clearance of the Segway PT, officers are afforded a better view over crowds and vehicles. The article briefly describes a training program for Segway PT models under the IPC Patrol Training Program by IPC International Corp of Bannockburn, IL. In summary, Segways are easy to use, easy to transport, and cheap to run. There is simply no reason for a police department not to add a Segway PT to its inventory.