Maricopa County Sheriffs in Arizona will be patrolling area malls this holiday shopping season and using Segway Personal Transporters to do it.

The department has decided to use Segways because these devices can move police officers quickly, and because they raise officers eight inches off the ground so officers can peer above and across crowds. Segway is now marketing two Segway models specifically designed for police use.

Maricopa County began its holiday mall patrol in 1993. Last year, the patrol included some members of the heavily armed SWAT team, which drew criticism from some shoppers who wondered if it wasn't excessive.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) from the East Valley Tribune (AZ); 11/24/06; Martin, Nick.