Segway joins ACPD
Published: Friday, September 9, 2005
Updated: Friday, September 9, 2005
front of the
Trump Taj Mahal
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Police patrols in the city have just gotten some
The Police Department debuted its Segway motorized scooter
Thursday on the Boardwalk.
Officer Mark Burns, who trains the city's bicycle officers,
is trying the new wheels for the city.
"We're testing and evaluating it," Lt. Michael Tullio said.
"So far, it seems to be very easy to learn how to use.
(Burns) learned how to use it in one morning. I think he
received about 30 minutes of training."
The city will use the electric-powered scooter to see if
they want more on patrol.
"It lends a different type of transportation," Lt. Michael
Tullio said. "It goes in areas where even a bicycle might
have a hard time, such as crowds."
So far there have been quite a few positives, Tullio said:
It puts the officer a foot above the crowd and can be used
by a uniformed officer with only a bicycle helmet. Bike
officers have additional equipment.
"It's electric powered and it can carry equipment," Tullio
said. "It's something that we're looking at in addition to a
regular radio car besides bicycle patrol and foot patrol."
He added that it's attractive in replacing foot patrol
because an officer can cover the same amount of area as a
"It's getting a lot of attention up there," Tullio said of
the Segway's Boardwalk bow. "It's become quite a