LLPD buy mobility vehicle

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The Los Lunas Police Department recently purchased a new edition to its community policing fleet, a Sentinel Police Mobility Vehicle.

The Sentinel adds to the community policing fleet of a Segway, T-3 and mountain bikes. The Sentinel is a state-of-the-art and efficient security vehicle that is totally green by being 100 percent electric.

The Sentinel is a three-wheel design and the size of the vehicle will allow officers to patrol on sidewalks, and it is also designed with storage units.

The electric propulsion and energy management systems allows an officer to patrol as much as 80 miles per charge. With the internal charging system, the Sentinel can be recharged at any 110 volt outlet (three hours for a complete charge), a cost of less than 1 cent per mile.

It has three different speeds that fits well with the type of patrolling that will be conducted in neighborhoods and businesses by officers. The Sentinel is also equipped with LED lights and a siren.

Detective Lt. Carl Padilla and Detective Johnny Cappelli recently used the Sentinel to patrol throughout the community. The detectives considered the use of the Sentinel a success. They answered questions and explained the community policing concept.

The cost of the Sentinel was $9,000. Below is a list of features that the Sentinel offers:

• One person electric vehicle with unique three wheel design

• 32-inch wide compact design allows rider to easily enter buildings and clear interior doorways

• Direct drive, no chains or sprockets; Direct drive 3,000 watt hub wheel motor allows for quick pickup and maintaining speed on hills and ramps

• Low center of gravity, shock absorbers and fatigue pads for smooth safe, fatigue-free ride

• Turns within it's own radius for easy maneuverability

• Speeds of up to 29 miles per hour; three stage factory programmable governor included

• Easily clears standard sidewalk curbs of up to six-inch height

• Lithium Ion Batteries can be charged 2,000 times with no discernible deterioration in performance

• Travel up to 80 miles on one charge at an average speed of 10 mph

• Internal charger allows for charging using any 110/220 volt outlet in less than three hours

• Complete police lighting, PA and siren package

• Two sets of LED headlights, one fixed and one on handlebars used as spotlights

• Hydraulic disc brakes

• Automatic parking brake engagement when rider dismounts vehicle

• Aluminum unibody frame

• Forward and reverse

"The mission of the Los Lunas Police Department is to build relationships, solve problems and make a difference," said Los Lunas Police Chief Roy Melnick. "By using tools like the Sentinel, Segway, T-3 and mountain bikes, our officers are able to more closely interact with our community members. The use of these tools also affords officers a more stealth approach to deter crime or catch people in the act of committing a crime."