Segways to connect police to Bixby Knolls community

(below) Long Beach Police Chief Anthony Batts test drives a Segway near the LBPD North Division Station.
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In an effort to build closer relationships between the police and the community, 8th District Councilwoman Rae Gabelich has created a community partnership between the Long Beach Police Department, Segway Long Beach and Signal Hill Petroleum.
Through the Long Beach Police Foundation, Signal Hill Petroleum will donate the funds to underwrite Segways to be used in the department’s North Division. These two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicles from Segway Long Beach are considered ideal for short-distance travel.

“Making business people and visitors feel safe in the Bixby Knolls area is our goal,” said Gabelich, “and with the help of Signal Hill Petroleum we are able to enhance our police department’s ability to do just that.”
Police Chief Anthony Batts said the Segway has proven to be a valuable tool that allows patrol officers to be more visible and accessible in community policing situations. “With Segways, officers are able to get out of their cars and have increased interaction with members of our community,” he said.
Dave Slater, chief operating officer for Signal Hill Petroleum and board member for the Long Beach Police Foundation, said Signal Hill Petroleum is excited about the opportunity to expand its partnership with the city by providing funding for the Segways. “Signal Hill Petroleum strongly supports the community and the Long Beach Police Department, and we believe this is a great community investment opportunity,” he said.
For more information on the Long Beach Police Foundation, visit www.lbpolicefoundation.org.

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