On yer bike: Gardai to begin Dublin city Segway patrols
GARDAI will soon be spotted patrolling the streets of the capital city on electric Segways.
A pair of eye-catching two-wheeled rechargable electric vehicle equipped with luminous Garda branding and blue lights will be rolled out on a pilot project to help boost garda visibility in urban areas.
The Dublin City Business Association (DCBA) donated the two Segways to the Gardai for use in pedestrianised areas of Dublin.
Tom Coffey, chief executive of the association, said he hoped the vehicles would maximise the “effectiveness, mobility and visibility” of gardai on the city’s streets.
“They are already used for policing in over 300 cities worldwide,” he added as the two rechargeable electric vehicles were launched on Grafton Street in Dublin. Mr Coffey said if the gardai deem the pilot project a success then it could be rolled out to other urban areas of the country.
Assistant Garda Commissioner John Twomey said Segways would help gardai monitor areas not readily accessible to other vehicles.