Segway trial for Gold Coast police

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Broadbeach police testing the new Segway’s for the first time on Wednesday. PICTURE: myGC

BROADBEACH police will be the first on the Gold Coast to trial two new Segways.

From today, the Gold Coast will become the fourth location in the state to trial the Segways, with officers at South Bank, Cairns and the Sunshine Coast already benefiting from the new technology.


Police Minister Jack Dempsey says the move will bring the Queensland police service “into the 21st century”.

“With a fully badged police helicopter, more officers on the beat and new laws to crack down on organised crime, the government is ensuring the Gold Coast is a safer place for residents and tourists alike,” Mr Dempsey said.

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Queensland Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Jack Dempsey introduced the Segway’s to Broadbeach. PICTURE: myGC

“Trialling of new technologies, such as Segways, ensures police officers have all the equipment they need to keep Queenslanders safe.

“The Segways are a fantastic engagement tool and if they help officers to build stronger relationships in the community and make people feel safe, then we are taking a step in the right direction,” Mr Dempsey said.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Steve Hollands said the transporters would assist officers in the investigation of armed robberies, break and enters, willful damage and general street offences.

The trial is expected to be completed in May, after which a state-wide evaluation will take place.