Transporters to aid parking enforcement
Our police department just spent $10,900.00 on TWO Segway Human Transporters which are going to the parking enforcement unit for the time being (the article seems to imply the're going to see how they work before buying more of them for use in other departments).
This just bugs me and the photo they're running really helps drive home what bugs me about it.
Cops should be able to fucking run/walk a bit. Look at the one cop on the Segway with the bling-bling wheels. Tell me she could actually chase down a criminal without the stupid thing. And yeah, great it has a top speed of 12.5 mph, but it can't go up stairs of handle any rough terrain which there's a fair bit of in El Paso (or any random city). I can just see it now. She's hauling ass after a purse snatcher, he runs up some stairs in a parking lot and she has to swerve over to the handicap ramp and circle around just to get up a few freaking stairs.
Why couldn't they buy them some fucking bikes? A good quality mountain bike would easily run less than $1,000 and it's a lot more functional than a Segway. Some of our cops do have bikes and I've seen them hanging out in downtown, talking to people and even doing random mountain bike tricks while they're standing still (say waiting for a traffic light). Oh, and none of the bike cops looks like they just cleaned out the local Krispy Kreme so if they had to chase after someone I'd actually think they could catch them.
Oh, and no, this is not a rant against overweight people. I know it's something that some folks have trouble with, but excuse me if I think a fucking cop should be in somewhat good physical health (i.e. capable of running and/or walking a decent bit) and if I think buying them Segways so they can use them in their jobs as cops is the dumbest thing I've heard from our local law enforcement in quite a while.
I mean, hell my mailman is a wiry fellow who I've actually seen jogging from house to house while he's loaded down with his big bag o' mail. There are tons of neighborhoods here that have mailboxes on the houses and the mail carriers have to walk around delivering mail all day long. Why the freaking El Paso Police Department can't expect the same from its officers is beyond me.