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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Albany Police Department is stepping up patrols downtown with the use of two new high tech vehicles.
It's called a T-3, and the city recently purchased two of the personal mobility vehicles. The three wheeled, stand-up vehicles allow officers to quickly patrol an area for about the cost of 10 cents a day. The city says it's perfect for patrolling the Riverwalk and will be pressed into service for special events.
They say these vehicles are perfect for special events because the height of the vehicle allows an officers to see above the crowds. They expect to use these vehicles daily, but especially for special events like Friday's on the Flint and even at the Albany Mall for Christmas shopping crowds.
"We ran from here all the way out to Cleve Cox landing and back," said Lt. Tracey Barnes. "The battery life is what we were checking and didn't even come down off the power. It ran great the whole way up hills and down hills."
Here are the stats, it's maximum speed is 17 miles per hour. It runs on two re-chargeable lithium batteries so it doesn't need gas, it's got a zero turn radius, in addition to lights and a siren and cost about $10,000.
"It's great for downtown patrolling along the Riverwalk also," Barnes said.
Money to pay for the T-3's came out of the capital budget and the new tool won't replace the police department's horse patrol.
"The horses can go places that these can not," Barnes said.
"The horses, you can only use them so much, and frankly you have other challenges because there's waste and things of that nature, so you have to be somewhat careful of where you use the horses," said Assistant City Manager Wes Smith.
The T-3 however is expected to be good for building relationships between police and the community.
"It's a really cool piece of equipment and the kids and adults, when we were driving yesterday stopped and wanted to talk and ask about it and it gives you a chance to do that interaction," Barnes said.
The T-3 is only sold for government, law enforcement or security purposes.