What’s New in Specialty Police Vehicles?
There are a number of new specialized vehicles available to law enforcement for use in “non-traditional applications” such as community policing or patrolling remote and rugged areas.
One of those new vehicles is the Segway Personal Transporter i2 and x2 series. Both feature a technology called LeanSteer, which allows the rider to turn the vehicle by pivoting the whole assembly or “frame” in the direction they want to turn. The LeanSteer frame and handlebar tilt left and right as the body leans in the direction of desired travel.
Although both series share common features such as LeanSteer, there are some differences. For instance, the i2 Police vehicle is designed specifically for the needs of police officers and security personnel, with features such as an accessory bar for mounting lights, sirens, a GPS unit, and other accessories. The x2 Police offers those features as well as low-pressure tires which cushion the ride on bumpy surfaces and a continuous center rib to provide a smooth ride on paved surfaces.
Another new vehicle is the T3 series, which is particularly well-suited for patrolling campuses, parking lots, airports, malls, parks, beaches, city streets, and historical sites. The vehicle features an integrated LED lighting system for the headlights, brake lights, and running lights; sirens; a lockable glove box for storage; and an optional GPS tracking system.
Finally, Rhino Off-Road Industries has begun offering the “Search and Rescue” RTV for law enforcement agencies who need a vehicle for use in very rugged, off-road environments. Accessories such as equipment racks, work trailers, winches, GPS systems, emergency lights, radios, and canvas tops can be added to the vehicle for police and search work.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) from Police and Security News (02/07); Vol. 23, No. 1, P. 23; Siuru, Bill.