Midwest City police purchase new equipment

The Midwest City police department has purchased an off-road vehicle, a Segway and a new truck for its SWAT team that will be used as a mobile command post.
BY MATT PATTERSON mpatterson@opubco.com Published: May 17, 2012
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— Midwest City police will soon have more new tools for fighting crime.

The department has been awarded a $20,325 grant by the Midwest City Hospital Authority to purchase a Segway Personal Transporter and an off-road Utility Terrain Vehicle and trailer.

The new equipment will extend the department's capabilities, officials said. Segways allow officers to move into areas patrol cars cannot and at speeds faster than they could on foot in most instances.

“The grant to fund the purchases of the UTV and Segway will really help boost the productivity of the department,” Lt. Matthew Dukes said. “We will be able to respond to calls in all-terrain settings in a faster, more efficient way with the UTV, as well as maintain peace and a strong sense of community by use of the Segway.”

Segways are used by several law enforcement agencies in the metro area, including Oklahoma City police and University of Oklahoma police.

The department also has purchased a new truck for its SWAT team. The $35,000 truck can be used as a mobile command post for serious incidents, SWAT supervisor Lt. Greg Wipfli said.

The truck was bought last year with money from the Capital Outlay fund.