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Philly Police Deploy Segway Patrols

June 03, 2009  | 

The Philadelphia Police Department began using Segway personal transporters on Tuesday to patrol areas of the city about a year after an initial test, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said they would be deployed in Center City, on South Street, on Main Street in Manayunk, in University City, and in the high-crime 12th District in Southwest Philadelphia.

The battery-powered Segways, which are equipped with a special police package that includes flashing lights and sirens, were purchased for the department with $60,000 raised by the Police Foundation.

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