Thursday, April 5, 2007

Want some Crack with that???

LOS ANGELES -- Several Los Angeles police officers will soon patrol downtown's Skid Row on three-wheeled electric scooters, Police Chief William Bratton announced Thursday.
The T-3 Mobility runs on electricity, has a top speed of 25 mph and provides a smooth, quiet ride for officers.

The Los Angeles Police Department purchased two of the scooters for $8,500 apiece with funds from the LAPD's vehicle acquisition budget, Bratton said.
"We're still taking a look at it, but I think you'll find it will become a part of the fleet," Bratton said, adding that the scooters provide a more stable and safer ride than the two-wheeled Segways.
Red and blue lights are mounted on the scooter, which will be used to enhance officer foot and bicycle patrols, according to police Sgt. Dan Gomez.
Officers have already tested the scooter at the Academy Awards ceremony, the Los Angeles Marathon, the Kingdom Day Parade and at Los Angeles International Airport.
"This is good for anywhere you would have a large amount of people and you want the officers to he highly visible, give them a stable platform to operate their duties and yet still be approachable by the community," Gomez said. "This seems to fit the need."


Anonymous said...

LAPD and Chicago PD bosses must be bumping off of the same crack pipe.

Injured On Duty(IOD's) related to segways is a closely held secret requiring a subpeona here in the Windy City.

Anonymous said...

Having worked down on Skidrow during my probation, I solemnly swear that the 'dank stank early morning rotting flesh crap fumes' is something that will haunt me for as long as I live. Do the 'Clean Detail' at 0500 on a hot muggy August morning gives new meaning to the phrase 'Sweet Baby Jesus' (no disrespect). I am all for anything that will a) give those guys a chance to get a bit of a breeze b) get the hell out when its bad c) get IOD'd for a bit

Rue St. Michel said...

...until some shithead decides to string piano wire across the path of an on-coming segway....

I say no to the new mode of transportation - it's too risky for the officers.