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Video: NYPD Puts Smart Cars in Service for Park Patrol

Date: 2017-06-27
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From a story posted at CBS This Morning on June 27, 2017, 9:25 AM

For years, NYPD deputy commissioner Robert Martinez tried to get his department’s command staff to approve his idea of acquiring small Smart cars as patrol vehicles in out of the way areas like parks and congested parking areas. "They said no," Martinez told CBS News, in a report posted on Tuesday. "They said the car looks wimpy." But Martinez didn't see it that way at all. "I would call it friendly. I would call it neighborhood friendly," Martinez said. "It's disarming.

The Smart car is intended for one officer only, and it's one of nearly 200 vehicles the NYPD uses mostly for ticket writing and patrolling places other cars can't – like the narrow paths in Central Park. The Smart car comes equipped with air conditioning and airbags, and costs about $6,000 less than the three-wheel scooter it's replacing. 

NYPD three-wheel scooter vs. Smart car. Image © CBS NEWS

Officers assigned to Smart cars do not respond to emergency calls and aren't supposed to exceed 40 mph, but the department is learning that they are a quite effective and appropriate tool in such a crowded city. 

“The cuddly cruiser is proving to be a hit, and the public can't seem to get enough,” concluded CBA NEWS reported Kris van Cleave. “From small and mighty to the world's cutest police car, the pictures are generating social media buzz. It makes a park full of strangers approach a police car and the officer like they're old friends.”

Read the full story at CBS NEWS and watch their video here

Watch the NYPD News Video posted on twitter today- click here or on image at left




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