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Officer Freddie Peake patrols downtown
on the Police Department Segway
Police Departments around the country are always looking for improved methods of service delivery. Innovative policing strategies that serve to promote community interaction with its police officers are often met with skepticism at first, but soon become a regular part of the landscape.

Since the Turtle Trot 5K Run on September 2, 2006, the Police Department began experimenting with a Segway, loaned at no cost to us from our friends at Amelia Island Plantation. More recently we utilized the borrowed Segway along the Centre Street corridor with great success. Business owners and visitors alike have expressed approval of this method of transportation as uniquely friendly and non-confrontational. Our Police Officers concur that the Segway provides many tactical advantages and is a tremendous community policing tool, responsible on its own for encouraging positive citizen contacts.

In November, 2006 the Police Department purchased a Segway for Police Department use, using only Law Enforcement Trust Fund monies, for the purpose of enhancing our presence at special events, such as parades, festivals, and road races, while also taking routine advantage of its use downtown and at Main Beach and Skate Park.