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THF Realty Funds Segway for Chesterfield Police Department

THF Realty Funds Segway for Chesterfield Police Department

At Chesterfield Commons these days, officers from the Chesterfield Police Department appear to be gliding a head higher than patrons. It’s not an illusion. The patrolmen are astride a new Segway donated by THF Realty, developer of the nation’s largest open-air retail center.

The two-wheeled, self-balancing, electric-powered Segway enables officers to smartly maneuver in crowded areas both indoors and out. Additionally, it elevates them above throngs of shoppers. THF donated $5,400 to pay for the Segway which will be dedicated to Chesterfield Commons. It is the third now in use by Chesterfield police.

"THF saw the advantages of the Segway, particularly at a 380-acre shopping center like Chesterfield Commons with its flat terrain," said Chesterfield police Lieutenant Steven Lewis. "The 12-mile-an-hour maximum speed increases patrolling efficiency and provides an enhanced police presence."

Three Chesterfield police officers have been trained to operate the two-wheeler, which uses an internal gyroscope to help the officers maintain their balance.

The $275 million Chesterfield Commons has two million square feet of retail, with more than 90 shops and 25 restaurants. When completed, it will encompass more than 100 stores and more than 30 restaurants. It is presently anchored by Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart, Target, and Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse and Home Depot. It also includes an $18 million Wehrenberg Theatre 14-screen cinema complex.