In October 2009, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office took over security at the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse in downtown Tampa. New technology will make things run more smoothly.
A couple of weeks ago, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office received two i2 Patroller Segways. The Homeland Security Division purchased the Segways to help increase perimeter security, increase presence in county garages and increase presence along the streets within the court complex.
There are currently 8 HCSO employees who have been professionally trained to ride the Segways. The Segways will be shared with other divisions within HCSO for special events. For example, they were used to help with the Gasparilla Children’s Parade.
The Segways can travel up to 13 miles per hour. They come equipped with a reflective shield and an integrated lighting system. One other interesting feature is the wireless wrist control that prohibits someone from controlling the Segway without that control and an alarm that will go off if someone tries to use it without the bracelet.
The Segways “improve response time, help increase command presence, and attract more attention to help those who are lost or have questions,” Sgt. Mike Conigliaro says. “We notice that people find us more approachable while on the Segways.”