Keep an eye out for Police on Segways, the trial of the interesting transport machines has been extended.

Police will continue to zip around pedestrian areas on Segways with the extension of the Segway trial. Acting Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister John McVeigh said police would continue the existing trial of Segways at South Bank and along the Cairns Esplanade.

“The extension of the initial three-month trial period will also allow police to extensively test the capabilities of the Segways during the peak holiday period,” Mr McVeigh said.

The Newman Government is certainly showing its commitment to ensuring our Police officers can get around, they will also be getting a second Police helicopter which was announced earlier this week.

Two extra Segways will be dispatched to the Sunshine Coast and Member for Noosa Glen Elmes, who inspected the new Segways said he looked forward to seeing the Segways patrolling the Noosa and Mooloolaba/Alexandra Headlands areas.
“The Segways are proving to be a useful form of transport to help officers protect Sunshine Coast communities,” Mr Elmes said.

Mr Elmes had high praise for the new technology and its usefulness.

“The Segways are a fantastic community engagement tool and if they help officers to build stronger relationships in the community and make people feel safe, then we are taking a step in the right direction.”

But are these Segways actually helping the Police or are they just a fun way to get around?

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said the personal transporters have already assisted officers with the investigations of armed robberies, break and enters, wilful damage and numerous street offences.

“Some of the benefits include improved sight lines, slow maneuverability in crowds and the distance covered during patrols,”Mr Stewart said.

Segways have been used on 35 shifts in the Southbank area and during the trial, these are the results;

– 140 street checks had been performed,
– nine eviction notices issued,
– four suspects located,
– four people located wanted on warrant
– four helmet warnings issued.

In Cairns, the Segways had been used on 22 shifts.

– officers had been involved in more than 112 public engagement jobs,
– two street checks,
– issued seven cautions for drinking in a public place
– located one person wanted on a warrant.

Do you think Queensland Police should use Segways?