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    LB Cops On A Roll On Patrol...On Segways

    LBPD Segways
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    (June 4, 2005) -- LB cops on patrol will soon be moving through parts of CA's fifth largest city at roughly 12.5 mph, using cutting-edge Segway electric mobility devices.

    Applying innovation to spread officers through LB's sprawling urbanized areas and at special events, LBPD has acquired six of the battery powered, scooter-type devices that weigh only 83 pounds and have an effective range of 13 miles.

    In photo, LBPD South Division Bike Sgt. Ernie Kohagura (L) and Officer Travis Muilenburg (R), also a South Division Bike officer.

    The Segways will be used "for a variety of patrol related functions [including] areas such as the Pike, the Convention & Entertainment Center, City Place, along Pine Avenue, the Towne Center and along 2nd Street in Belmont Shore. They may also be used during special events such as the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, at various parades and other special events," LBPD says in a release.

    Aboard his Segway, Sergeant Kohagura looks like he means business.

    LBPD Public Information Officer Nancy Pratt tells that LBPD purchased the Segways using a $35,000 grant (details not immediately available) which also allowed LBPD to purchase Segway transporters (a bike rack type device, so PD can transport the Segways across town for special events and the like).

    Ms. Pratt said she believes the L.A. County Sheriff Dept. also uses Segway units at selected Metro Rail stations, and some law enforcement agencies back east have also been adding Segways.

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