If you visit downtown Palm Springs, you may see something new in the area: police on Segway scooters.
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians donated three Segways to the Palm Springs Police Department Tuesday, an estimated value of $20,000.
Police Chief Al Franz accepted delivery of the Segways at the Agua Caliente Tribal Administration Building in Palm Springs. The two- wheeled, self-balancing personal transport vehicles were donated to help strengthen public safety, spokeswoman Megan Range said.
"These vehicles will greatly enhance our officers’ mobility and visibility in the downtown and Spa Casino district, improving safety of the officers and the public,” said Chief Franz. “The Palm Springs Police Department, along with the residents of and visitors to Palm Springs will benefit from the use of the Segways.“
“We are proud members of our community,” said Agua Caliente Tribal Council Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe. “That’s why it means so much to us to have the opportunity to give back, especially in a way that creates a safer Palm Springs and gives residents here greater peace of mind.”
Range touted the gifts as a resource that will enable the department to display a stronger police presence, move officers three times faster than by foot and allow for greater contact and communication with residents.