Three Wheel Electric Scooter T3 helps Police Security

Saturday, December 5, 2009 Admin
Last week I posted about campus police are now switching to Three Wheel Electric Scooters (green Scooters). Is three wheel electric scooter only for persons with mobility issues? Well the police are also benefiting from it. People are actually interested when when police officers use three wheel electric scooter.

When I first posted a news topic about Police officers are now trying to use a three wheel vehicle. It had the most views. Is investing in this types vehicle worth it? You decide. Read below:

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Scooters help guards step up patrol
Two electric T3s are used in daytime at county site
By Jeff McDonald, UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

three wheel electric scooter t352San Diego — Guarding 18 acres of lawn, parking lots and the historic County Administration Center itself could be a tough day’s work. But the job now goes a little smoother for the crew at Heritage Private Security.

Site supervisor Patty McCallister used to take up to 20,000 steps during a single shift, writing tickets for illegal parking, looking out for vandals and generally keeping the peace.

Now McCallister patrols the same grounds on a T3, a three-wheeled electric scooter that glides across the vast parking lots and picnic areas without making a sound. And she has to exercise on her own time.

“We’re able to cover more ground in less time,” McCallister said. “And our response time is much quicker.”

These “personal mobility vehicles” aren’t available to everyday consumers. They are strictly marketed as a next-generation law enforcement tool to police departments, government agencies and security operations around the globe.

According to the Costa Mesa-based manufacturer, the T3s are used at Point Loma Nazarene University, Palomar College, Fashion Valley mall, Southwestern College and UCSD Medical Center, and by the downtown San Diego business partnership.

At the county building, the Clerk of the Board’s Office is responsible for maintaining and securing the county government’s most visible asset, the iconic building along San Diego Bay that was dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression.

This month, the county took delivery of two of the electric scooters, which cost $9,000 each. The money came from a $350,000 fund approved this year by the Board of Supervisors to improve security and emergency services at the complex, including better lighting and evacuation chairs for the disabled.

“We’re doing a number of things to upgrade security in the building,” said David Hall, the county official who helps oversee the County Administration Center. The T3s “have worked out really well for us.”

The T3s can move as fast as 25 miles per hour, although McCallister said the two she is in charge of are set to go no faster than 8 mph — at least until she and her guards are accustomed to operating the vehicles. They have sirens and flashing lights, and the driver also can employ a “squelcher” to get people’s attention.

“When I first heard we were getting them, I thought it was an accident waiting to happen,” said McCallister, who added a black helmet to her wardrobe as a result of the T3s. “But once I learned how to maneuver, it makes things a whole lot easier.”

McCallister said the platform she stands on allows her to see much more of the parking lot than she could on foot. At 5 feet, 5 inches tall, she couldn’t see above many of the sport utility vehicles.

“It’s increased my visibility,” she said. “I’m 9 inches taller than I was before.”

The job of guarding the County Administration Center is shared by sheriff’s deputies and Heritage Private Security teams. The security company generally patrols outside during the day and both indoors and outdoors overnight. The county paid Heritage a little more than $500,000 for its 24/7 operation during the past fiscal year.

The T3s are used only during the daytime because the charge lasts about 15 miles per day. At night, they are recharged and stored in a maintenance shop on the corner of the property.

McCallister said she gets a lot of comments on the T3s from people visiting county headquarters, but not everyone thinks they were a good investment. During an interview with McCallister the other day, James Spellman of North Park stopped by to add his two cents’ worth.

“This is the biggest waste of government money ever,” said Spellman, who said he only travels on two wheels. “There’s nothing that can be done on that that can’t be done on a bicycle. I’m 55 years old. I don’t understand why people half my age can’t pedal a bike.”

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