West Allis — The Police Department might start patrolling parts of the city with Segway Personal Transporters.
Police Chief Michael Jungbluth says in a letter that he believes the vehicles would "increase public interaction with the police in a positive way" and save $6,000 to $10,000 per year in fuel.
If the Police Department purchases the vehicles, it could be the first law enforcement agency in southeastern Wisconsin to use them, the letter says.
The Common Council on Tuesday will consider a proposal to buy three Segway PTs and accessories for a total of $17,000. A U.S. Department of Energy grant would cover the cost, according to Jungbluth.
More than 1,000 municipalities, airports, military bases and other organizations use the two-wheeled electric vehicles for patrolling, according to Segway.
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