Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Protecting and Serving!

I guess squad cars aren't always needed! I noticed this officer patrolling downtown St. Paul streets one Saturday morning as I returned from the Farmers Market. He obligingly slowed down and posed as I snapped his photo from my car window. He takes seriously the promise "to protect and serve."

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  1. I'm still torn when I see a police officer riding on one of these gadgets. It just doesn't seam right for an officer sworn to protect and serve.

    It is a great photo capture.

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  2. Nice capture. Guess they need foot patrol, so to speak. Wonder if the blue wristband has any meaning.

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  3. I guess we can't call them a flat foot any more with the new mode of transportation.

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  4. Great catch of this very modern policeman. Saludos!

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  5. Is this "normal" equipment at St.Paul? You start to see these "whatever they are called", but I have not yet seen our police forces on them. But we have them in cars, on horses, on bikes, rollerskating and of course walking!

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  6. j'adore leur vehicule. cela va vite ?


    I adore their vehicle. does that go quickly?

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  7. Sure it's not a decoy set up to stop people running red lights....?
    Looks like something out of Madame Tussaud's wax museum!

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  8. Nice shot Kate, and great idea! Even though, this policeman looks somewhat a little embarrassed to ride this fun and trendy vehicule :-)

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  9. Never seen any transporation like this before - except perhaps a kid's toy - fascinating.

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  10. That's wicked but I have to wonder what the cost of that gadget is and what the plan would be if the officer had to chase someone? Would he ditch it or would he give up pursuit if the terrain was unsuitable? I think a bike or horse would be a better investment.

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  11. Uh I adore Segway !!! BTW I have to admit I agree with slinger ;-)

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  12. Cops and Segways are a good combination. It makes them seem much less intimidating. I've seen them in a number of cities and even in the St. Louis airport.

    Bob

    St. Louis Missouri Daily Photo Blog

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  13. what a fun shot!!

    It's so odd to see a cop on a segway, but I guess it's better than walking!

    is this leading to the fattening of America? Even our "beat" cops are to lazy to walk?

    What if he gets into a foot pursuit - can this thing go faster then the common criminal? Does it have a key - what if he needs to abandon it - can I steal it?

    So many questions, so little answers.

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  14. Oh, come on! How is he going to chase a perp on one of those?!

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  15. That's great transportaion for a cop who has to be on foot all the time.
    I think Mumbai police would love it.
    Great capture.
    I've posted 'Pink Oleander' today.

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  16. How cute!! He looks so regal and serious....especially standing on that machine.

    What a wonderful photo.

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  17. Hi Kate, haven't had time to visit in awhile and I'm glad to see your posts on St Paul workers. Love this series! This is an unusual way for police officers to travel and funny that he slowed down to let you take a photo but didn't smile or look your way!

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  18. i need a toy like this too:)

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  19. Excellent use of a Segway! In Zürich, the most exotic I've seen are cops on inline skates.

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  20. How fast do those things go?! Honestly, why can't people just walk. It looks ridiculous....everyone should walk, it's not bad....
    i saw they unveiled those in my nyc too! where's the need?

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  21. To learn more about these cool toys...er, tools...go to www.Segway.com
    I love the idea of a Segway and for inner city it makes alot of sense...i understand they go really fast as well...but he does look awfully stern...maybe he is trying to combate the Segway sillies...

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  22. Great shot!
    I totally agree with Anu, that is a useful transportation to a cop!

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  23. I've seen cops on Segways in the corridors of Penn Station, but never out on the street. I know that they are an effective means of transportation, but they always look a bit silly and awkward to me.

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  24. denton11:33 AM

    I know from experience that if you turn to fast on a seqway you will fall on your ...

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  25. cute - I'd love to see him try to chase someone...

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  26. That's a great pic! I wonder if those things have a high top speed for if he needs to chase a perp or in case he sees the sign is on meaning the Krispy Kreme's are hot.

    I'd rather be a bicycle cop though I guess the high viewpoint he has on the Segway is advantageous.

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  27. The wrist band is for Autism awareness. The officer's son has autism.

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