7-Eleven: Scooting DPD's Downtown Patrol Into The Future

Categories: City Hall, Crime

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Photo by Anna Merlan
Mayor Mike Rawlings prepares to fight any crime in his immediate vicinity.

The Dallas Police Department's downtown patrol is about to get a whole lot more, well, motorized. That much we can safely say.

DPD announced yesterday that 7-Eleven was donating four new T3's to the department, bringing the total to eight. They were so excited about the whole thing that we got no less than three press releases about it, two from the police and one from Allyn Media, 7-Eleven's local PR company. The T3 is variously referred to as an "urban mobility tool" and an "electric standup vehicle" by the company that sells them, an Orange County outfit called T3 Motion Inc. Really, they look like the product of a wild night between Robocop, a Segway, R2-D2, and a bottle of tequila. Around noon today, various City Council members giddily hopped on and off the new T3s, which had been set up in the Flag Room at City Hall, pressing the button that activated the siren and admiring the 7-Eleven decal prominently placed on the front. A cadre of neon-shirted bike cops watched from the back row of folding chairs.

"We're so excited about this," said Mayor Mike Rawlings. "We love gifts, and especially cool toys. What this will do is help protect your 7-Eleven's downtown, and put more downtown and throughout southern Dallas." The bike patrol cops, he added, "kinda like these. They don't have to do the pedaling."

"As we grow the city," the mayor continued, "We need private partnership in strategic areas that are important. Downtown's growth is important."

Police Chief David Brown agreed that he too enjoys cool toys, adding, "I think my tagline is 'Oh thank heaven. That's my stab at PR.'" He got a round of applause for that. Brown added that the T3s are "much more visible from blocks away," and make it easier for police to see over pedestrians and cars as well.

"They're not easy to ride," the chief warned. "You can fall down and really be embarrassed. I tried."

The T3, according to yet another press release we received at City Hall, has "a low center of gravity, offering wide visibility for the officer driving," can "access restricted spaces including elevators and narrow corridors," "handles curbs easily" and is "very quiet." Consider yourselves warned.



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13 comments
BadGuyZero
BadGuyZero

Nice of them to slap a 7-Eleven logo on that thing.

Dalguy
Dalguy

Bikes are Better.   Bike cops get in shape.  On these "toys" cops will get fatter and their knees will weaken. Bikes are Better.

Warren Harris
Warren Harris

5 miles an hour for speed ...... geez there goes the high speed chases downtown.. 

Tim Covington
Tim Covington

1. Kudos to 7-11 for doing something to help the local community.2. I have to say that every bicycle officer I've ever talked to loved being a bicycle officer. So. I don't see any of them wanting to use one of these. However, I can see these being used when they need to get more officers out on patrol duty that does not involve vehicles.

Bob
Bob

I suspect most of the cyclist cops would prefer to shave their legs than be sedentary. But nice of 7-11 to donate the vehicles. They look helpful for crowd control and parking meter management.

t3vsseg
t3vsseg

T3's go up to 20 mph, are a lot more stable, can go up to 45 miles per charge. Look up on you tube the NLRV.... Thats what I call riot control!!

engmofo
engmofo

I,however do believe that if they were chasing me I would be caught as I would be ROTFLMAO

cp
cp

Yeah I thought the bike cops liked biking because, well, they like biking as opposed to sitting around in a car and standing on a Segway. 

Bwe
Bwe

Tru dat! 

Guest
Guest

What makes you think bike cops choose that assignment?

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