- Associated Press - Friday, September 4, 2015

MONROE, La. (AP) - Monroe Police Department rolled out six new police-style Segways that will be used to patrol downtown Monroe, community events like the upcoming Ark-La-Miss Fair, parades and part of programs involving children.

Sgt. Mark Johnson tells The News-Star (https://tnsne.ws/1UrgVtT) the Segways will be used in high crime areas as well as at community events, whether during Friday night football or a local parade.

Police Chief Quentin Holmes says the two-wheeled, self-balancing vehicle will help make officers more approachable and allow officers more opportunities to interact with the community.

Holmes plans to have up to 90 officers trained to use the Segways by the start of the fair later this month. That will be the first major public function where the devices will be used heavily.


Information from: The News-Star, https://www.thenewsstar.com

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