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Police Segway Patrol

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Vineland, New Jersey (My9NJ) -

Police in Vineland, New Jersey have a new crime fighting tool—a Segway! These 2 wheel scooter-looking vehicles have been used in the past for city tours around the world, but now cops in Vineland are manning the streets on them, thanks to a donation from the local ShopRite.

Captain John Lauria says, “It’s a good community relations tool because everyone sees it and they want to talk to the offer.” He feels like it’s a great way to connect with the citizens of the town and help man the downtown area of Vineland.

Lauria says, “The officers can get up and down the avenue a lot quicker than walking, it’s quicker than the bicycle actually.” And Lauria hopes to add more Segway’s to the force but it’s just no in the budget right now.  These vehicles come with a hefty price tag of about $7,000.

Vineland isn’t considered a particularly dangerous town with an average of 2.63 murders a year, which is lower than the national average.

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