Edmonton Police (Alberta, Canada) say Segway usage in the city has been so successful, they are looking to add more to city streets.
“It’s an amazing tool that at first you might not realize its potential until you get on it,” said Sgt. Phillip Cutting with EPS.
“I’ve yet to have a police car beat me to a call,” said Sgt. Maurice Brodeur, who is part of the Whyte Avenue police beat with EPS. “This thing is phenomenal. I can go anywhere with this thing.”
The Segway i2 Patroller model can travel 35 kilometres on just 25 cents of electricity, making for a very efficient mode of transportation for city officers. EPS are hoping to add the machines to other parts of the city to help with policing efforts, and other provincial policing divisions have inquired about the machines.
In July, 2011 we reported on the first the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to swap four legs for two wheels in the city of Red Deer, Alberta. In that tow, the first deployment of Mounties on PTs instead of steeds selected the Segway x2 Patroller model, which can transverse winter snow and ice with ease.