Thursday 23 November 2017

On yer bike: Gardai to begin Dublin city Segway patrols

Specially-trained gardai Dabhach Dineen (left) and David Campbell meet Darragh and Katie Burke from Galway on Grafton Street, as they begin patrolling the city centre on two new segways donated by Dublin City Business Association today. Photo: PA
Specially-trained gardai Dabhach Dineen (left) and David Campbell meet Darragh and Katie Burke from Galway on Grafton Street, as they begin patrolling the city centre on two new segways donated by Dublin City Business Association today. Photo: PA
Specially-trained Garda David Campbell on Grafton Street as he begins patrolling the city centre on one of two new segways. Photo: PA
Specially-trained Garda David Campbell on Grafton Street as he begins patrolling the city centre on one of two new segways. Photo: PA
Specially-trained Garda David Campbell on Grafton Street as he begins patrolling the city centre on one of two new segways. Photo: PA
Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

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.



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