This summer Newquay police will again be patrolling the town’s beaches on Segways.
Between June and September specially trained officers will have access to two Segways, provided free of charge by Segway UK, as an additional resource for their community policing.
The Segways will primarily be used for searching for missing people on the beaches. They will also provide public reassurance and neighbourhood officers will carry out crime prevention patrols on all beaches between Crantock and Watergate Bay.
The Segways, which have been fitted with off road tyres for use on sand, are well-suited to beach patrols as they are small, quiet, environmentally friendly and visible, and will allow convenient access to beach areas that would not be possible with a four wheel drive vehicle.
Inspector Dave Meredith said: “This is the second summer we are using Segways on the town’s beaches. I am delighted that Newquay police are again able to use this innovative equipment to enhance our patrol cover of the great expanse of beaches we cover. The Segway supports the force’s green agenda and gives local officers the ability to search and patrol large beach areas that would otherwise be challenging to access. It will enable officers to talk to visitors and residents who are enjoying the beaches and have a positive impact on public confidence.”
The use of the Segways will be confined to the beaches and will not be used to patrol pavements, roads or the town centre.
Inspector Meredith added: “I would like to express my thanks to Dave Smith from Segway UK for assisting with the provision of the Segways for Newquay police.”
Mr Smith said:“Segway UK is delighted to support Devon and Cornwall Police by supplying two Segway Personal Transporters on loan for a pilot project to use on the town’s beaches this summer. The Segway X2 is well suited to this type of terrain and will assist the police in high visibility patrols and community policing. Over 1,800 police forces throughout the world successfully operate Segways for community policing and traffic control. Newquay Police is the first in the UK to operate them on a day-to-day basis interacting with the public.”
Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News