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September 24, 2008

Green Patrol

Police_refueling_istock_000002105_2From campus cops to royal guards, we've rounded up recent green trends in law enforcement. Read on to find out how police officers are cutting back on carbon.

Segway to a Secure Campus We're not sure that the graceful glide of a Segway helps campus cops maintain an authoritarian image, but it can't hurt efforts to cut their carbon footprints. How does the two-wheeled electric transporter hold up in a hot pursuit? Assuming these officers aren't trailing an Olympic sprinter, the Segway's maximum speed of 12.5 mph should suffice. The University of Nebraska and the University of New Hampshire are using Segways, while campus security at Colorado State University drive T3 transporters, three-wheeled electric vehicles that can reach 25 mph.

After the break: Beyond the Police Cruiser and The Queen's Guard Goes Green

Beyond the Police Cruiser While police cruisers in Manila are powered by biofuel, some precincts stateside are opting for fuel efficient hybrid vehicles. Officers in Lindsay, California, and Aspen, Colorado, are driving Toyota Highlander hybrids. Cops in Massachusetts, meanwhile, are driving Vectrix electric scooters, which can reach 60 mph and travel up to 55 miles on a single charge. Covering all the green bases, New York City's Mayor Bloomberg recently unveiled a pilot project that would put officers in hybrid SUVs, Vectrix scooters, and T3 transporters.

The Queen's Guard Goes Green Guards patrolling Queen Elizabeth's Balmoral residence in Scotland have traded in their Range Rovers for bicycles. The estate's grounds cover more than 50,000 acres, so the guards won't lack exercise. Back at Buckingham Palace, there's a rumor that the royals might spare the black bears; in response to protests from animal rights groups, the Ministry of Defense is considering a switch to alternative materials for the guards' traditional bear-fur hats.

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